County Commissioner continues
to respect wishes of constituents
(Port Angeles, WA) Jan. 20, 2001-- One Clallam County Commissioner wants the county to join a suit against the state's proposed shoreline rules. Mike Chapman says he'll bring up the issue Monday.
Chapman wants to join eleven counties in the suit asking for the state to help pay for the new rules if they go into effect. "If we're going to join a suit against Initiative 722 because of 'risk management,' I think we need to join this one as well. These are unfunded mandates, and the state should have to pay for them if the rules go in place," said Chapman. He referred to the other two commissioners agreeing to join in the Thurston County lawsuit against Initiative 722, which passed by 58% in Clallam County. He has stood firmly against joining the lawsuit.
The Department of Ecology has proposed sweeping changes to rules that govern development and use of shoreline areas. Chapman says it doesn't cost anything to join the suit. It is sponsored by the Washington Association of Counties Rural Issues Committee...the same group that filed a lawsuit on Initiative 722.
From KONP News (www.konp.com)
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