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Letter from Sen. Vinehout: Sand Mine Bill strips local powers, Community's ability to say 'no"

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Should communities be able to prevent development of sand mines? Can communities set rules if sand mine operations are inadequate to protect nearby residents?

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A new “communities cannot say no to sand mines” bill is making its way through the Legislature. The bill introduced by Senator Tiffany, chair of the Senate Mining

committee, appears on the fast track. It could be up for final passage in both houses less than two weeks after it was unveiled.

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