Representative Van Werven to host town hall

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State representative Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden, will be hosting a town hall meeting in which she will address taxes, transportation, homelessness, the salmon population, education and other topics.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 14 at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in the Birch Bay Square shopping center, 8120 Birch Bay Square Street, Blaine. The event will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

At the meeting, attendees can ask questions, and Van Werven will offer a preview of the upcoming legislative session. “The new speaker of the house has made it clear that a capital gains income tax is on the table,” said Van Werven, who also mentioned that road usage charges are being discussed in Olympia. “I want to get an idea from community members about where they stand on some of these issues.”

Van Werven said that she plans to introduce two major bills in the next legislative session. The first would fund a feasibility study to determine if the Bellingham waterfront would be a suitable place for a pilot project for a non-profit salmon hatchery. The second would address an October 17 decision by the Washington State Supreme Court to overturn Hailey’s Law, which requires law enforcement officers to impound cars belonging to people they arrest for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“I am going through the recent court ruling to determine what their concerns were and to try to mitigate those concerns with a new bill to take care of Hailey’s Law, so that a person who is under the influence does not have access to their car while they are still under the influence,” said Van Werven.

For more information about the event, contact Van Werven’s legislative office at luanne.vanwerven@leg.wa.gov or 360/786-7980.

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