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House passes Angel bill to regulate planning commissioner terms

The Washington State House of Representatives voted on Monday to unanimously approve a measure authored by Rep. Jan Angel that would allow cities, counties and towns to set terms of office for planning commissioners between six and four years.

Angel, R-Port Orchard, said House Bill 1012 was a request by the city of Port Orchard, which is seeking flexibility in setting lengths of terms that planning commissioners serve.

“Port Orchard city officials told me it is difficult to recruit people to serve six-year terms,” she said. “It’s just too long. Different-sized cities also have different lengths of terms. It depends on the classification of the city whether four- or six-year terms are allowed for its planning commission.

“So this legislation would allow all cities and counties,” Angel said, “no matter the size or classification, the ability to have either four-year or six-year planning commission terms. The goal is more local control for the jurisdictions, based on what meets their needs and those of their citizens.”

The House approved the measure, 88-0.

It was the third bill passed by the House since the Legislature convened Jan. 10.

It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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