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2013 Senate Bill 5002: Concerning mosquito control districts
Introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford (Grandview) (R) on January 14, 2013
Permits mosquito control districts to enter lands adjacent to the district to inspect and, if necessary, treat mosquito breeding places and authorizes the districts to remove undergrowth in the carrying out their duties.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on January 14, 2013
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 31, 2013
Revises language authorizing use of IPM methods to reference an existing definition of IPM. Clarifies that authorization to cut or remove shrubbery is subject to management considerations identified during consultation with a landowner.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 1, 2013
Passed 49 to 0 in the Senate on February 6, 2013.
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Authorizes Mosquito control districts to enter lands adjacent to districts to conduct inspections and abate breeding places. Existing language authorizing districts to apply oil or other larvicidal material to breeding places is deleted. Instead, districts may use integrated pest management (IPM) methods in places where mosquitoes are found or are likely to exist. IPM is defined as a coordinated decision-making and action process, seeking in an environmentally and economically sound manner, to prevent pest problems, monitor pests and pest damage, establish tolerable pest populations, treat pest problems, and evaluate treatments.
Received in the House on February 7, 2013
Referred to the House Local Government Committee on February 7, 2013
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 21, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Dean Takko (Longview) (D) on April 17, 2013
Requires mosquito control districts to give prior written notice to property owners of the intent to enter upon their land when it is adjacent to land within the district.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. David Taylor (Moxee) (R) on April 17, 2013
Adds two conditions that the mosquito control district must meet in order to enter upon and perform work on land adjacent to land within the district: (1) Prior written notice must be given to the property owner of the intent to enter upon the land; and (2) the mosquito control district must obtain the property owner's consent to enter upon the land. Provides that RCW 17.28.250, which makes interference with a mosquito control district's entry upon or performance of work on lands within a district a misdemeanor, does not apply to lands adjacent to lands within the district.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. David Taylor (Moxee) (R) on April 17, 2013
Repeals RCW 17.28.250, which provides that a person who interferes with a mosquito control district officer or employee's entry upon or performance of work on land within the district is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2013
Passed 60 to 37 in the House on April 17, 2013.
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Authorizes mosquito control districts to enter without hindrance upon lands adjacent to lands within the district in carrying out certain powers and duties, and to cut or remove shrubbery or undergrowth to carry out pest control objectives. Establishes that mosquito control districts may treat places where mosquitos are found or likely to exist using integrated pest management methods, a process requiring use of the most appropriate pest control methods and strategy in an environmentally and economically sound manner to meet pest management objectives.
Received in the Senate on April 19, 2013
Motion in the Senate on April 19, 2013
To concur in House amendments.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 19, 2013
Passed 36 to 10 in the Senate on April 19, 2013.
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Provides that mosquito control districts may enter lands adjacent to districts to conduct inspections and abate breeding places, but must give prior written notice to landowners of their intent to do so. District authority to treat breeding places is revised. Districts may treat places where mosquitoes are found or are likely to exist using integrated pest management (IPM) methods. IPM is defined as a coordinated decision-making and action process, seeking in an environmentally and economically sound manner to prevent pest problems, monitor pests and pest damage, establish tolerable pest populations, treat pest problems, and evaluate treatments. Subject to management considerations identified during consultation with landowners, districts may cut or remove shrubbery or undergrowth as necessary to carry out district operations.
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2013

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