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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm with No Comments »
June 28, 2013 3:10 pm
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… Could “Fish Consumption II” be on the way? Is the controversy over fish that sidetracked budget progress earlier this week about to be replayed?

We should find out soon, but don’t hold your breath. Yes, amendments to the budget have been prepared in the Senate that would restore a study of people’s fish-eating habits. (Background here from Jerry Cornfield  on Boeing’s push for the study and Democrats’ opposition.) And yes, the insistence on the study could blow up Thursday’s budget deal if passed.

But Colville Republican Sen. John Smith, the author of one of the amendments (the other is from Ferndale Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen) said offering it is just a symbolic way of saying lawmakers will be closely watching the Department of Ecology write rules.

“There are a lot of people who feel like they’re not being heard,” Smith said, saying he wants to “make sure we keep the conversation going.”

“I certainly don’t want to hold up the budget over it.”

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