House unanimously passes Dent legislation that would improve noxious weed boards and districts

On Tuesday, the state House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would make a number of changes to noxious weed control boards in an effort to protect Washington state lands from toxic and noxious weeds.

House Bill 1355, sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, would change the composition and priorities of the state Noxious Weed Control Board and county weed control boards. It also makes other changes to state noxious weed laws.

“The goal of this legislation is to protect Washington's agricultural lands, natural resources and salmon habitat from noxious weeds,” said Dent. “The changes to our weed control boards and how they are managed will help us achieve that goal.”

The legislation would:

  • make various changes to the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board composition and term of office.
  • make a number of changes to county noxious weed control board provisions.
  • require the county treasurer in counties with a noxious weed assessment to forward to state agencies for payment a statement showing the amount of the assessment to which state-managed land, state-owned land, or a state right-of-way would be liable if the land were in private ownership.
  • require forestland owners to control and prevent the spread of Class C noxious weeds within specified distances of adjacent lands, roads, navigable rivers, and certain other areas.
  • add weed boards and weed districts to the class of assessing districts that may levy assessments and charges on state lands.

“This bill is a culmination of a lot of time, effort and input from those who have been involved in noxious weed control,” said Dent. “I appreciate those who have taken an active interest in keeping our lands clear and clean of noxious weeds. It is time consuming and difficult work.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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