Klippert bills advance in Olympia

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Klippert bills advance in Olympia

Two bills sponsored by 8th District Rep. Brad Klippert won approval Monday in the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 1392 would make a minor change in current law to allow irrigation district boards more latitude in determining the duration of leases of district-owned land. The measure would eliminate the requirement for year-to-year leases.

“The bill doesn't alter the districts' authority to lease the lands they own, but allowing boards to lease property for more than one year at a time would improve efficiency, value and productivity of their properties,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick.

As their principal function, the districts provide irrigation water facilities and services, including construction, improvement, maintenance and operation of irrigation systems. Districts may also provide drainage, domestic water supply, and electric power facilities.

The House also passed House Bill 1129, Klippert's proposal that would require traffic schools to include as part of their curriculum a 30-minute segment on safe driving among bicyclists and pedestrians.

Developed by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and approved by the state Department of Licensing, the course has been used in driver-education classes for the past three years. Under HB 1129, the program would be added in traffic safety schools, which many cities and counties offer to motorists who receive citations for traffic-related offenses as a condition of deferral, sentence or penalty.

“The program is a commonsense way to educate drivers about the responsibilities of sharing the road,” Klippert said, noting that the Bicycle Alliance would provide the materials to the driver-improvement programs at no charge.

Both bills cleared the House unanimously and will now be considered by the Senate.

For more information, contact: Bill Taylor, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7074


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