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Gov. Inslee rebuffs state hospitals, signs all of infection-reporting bill’s elements

Gov. Jay Inslee rejected pressure from the Washington State Hospital Association and signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires much broader reporting of patient infections that happen during care in hospitals.

House Bill 1471 aligns the state’s reporting with Obamacare by requiring public reports on a broad array of bloodstream infections occurring virtually anywhere in a hospital. As signed by Inslee, the measure also retains three key reporting provisions of the state’s landmark 2007 infections-reporting law that deal with cardiac, knee or hip surgeries.

Consumers Union had pushed to retain the three surgeries, but the

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Gov. Inslee says he’s committed to studying impacts of proposed coal port

Gov. Jay Inslee told environmentalists Tuesday that he wouldn’t accept a coal export terminal being built near Bellingham without a thorough examination of how it would affect the state’s natural resources and transportation system.

“We’ve got to make sure as we move forward with this long discussion about the coal port, that we make sure that every single environmental impact is thoroughly studied,” Inslee said told hundreds of people who showed up to the Capitol for Environmental Lobby Day.

“It is important we do not consider just the environmental impacts (around) the terminal,” Inslee continued. “We have to consider the

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