It was quite the emotional roller coaster last week here in Olympia — with several ups and downs and twists.
Last week, however, ended with some great news. On Thursday night, the Legislature finally approved a remedy for the disastrous Hirst decision — the Supreme Court ruling that made it nearly impossible for rural families to have a small household well. The ruling essentially brought a halt to rural residential construction and drove down property values.
Although the Senate passed a solution to this problem four times last year, the House refused to act. We held our ground — refusing to pass a capital budget — until a solution was reached. We held strong, and we won! Both the Hirst fix bill and the capital budget passed.