Washington senator proposes ousting three state agencies from logging board


OLYMPIA — Three state agencies that report to Gov. Jay Inslee would be removed as voting members of a board that regulates logging on private lands under a bill sponsored by Sen. Shelly Short, a Stevens County Republican.

The departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Ecology appear to be voting as a bloc on the 13-member Forest Practices Board, Short said in an interview.

“The agencies tend to stick together,” she said. “I’m pretty frustrated with what we’re seeing.”

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