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2017 House Bill 1017: Addressing the siting of schools and school facilities
Introduced by Rep. Bob McCaslin Jr. (Spokane Valley) (R) on January 9, 2017   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Environment Committee on January 9, 2017
Substitute offered in the House on February 16, 2017 Requires schools and school facilities to be permitted uses under the Growth Management Act (GMA) in all land use zones, including lands designated as rural.
Amendment offered by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (West Seattle) (D) on March 7, 2017 Provides that the Growth Management Act (GMA) does not prohibit a county planning fully under the GMA from authorizing the extension of public facilities and utilities to serve a school sited in a rural area under certain conditions.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Appleton (Poulsbo) (D) on March 7, 2017 Clarifies that when school districts identify suitable school sites with a priority to siting schools in locations where students can walk and bicycle to school, students must be able to do so safely.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2017
Received in the Senate on March 9, 2017
Referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on March 9, 2017
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 28, 2017 States that the Growth Management Act (GMA) prohibits a county from authorizing the extension of public facilities and utilities to serve a school sited in a rural area that serves students from a rural area and an urban area unless certain requirements are met.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 29, 2017
Amendment offered by Sen. Hans Zeiger (Puyallup) (R) on April 11, 2017 States that a county may authorize the siting in a rural area of a school that serves students from an urban area if it abuts at least six other counties in addition to having a population of more than 840,000 but fewer than 1.5 million and meets other requirements.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 11, 2017
Received in the House on April 18, 2017
Passed 81 to 15 in the House on April 18, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
House concurred in Senate amendments.
Signed with partial veto by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 26, 2017

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