Letter from Sen. Vinehout: Bill stripping local control of sand mine passes
“This bill creates a legal quagmire for counties and towns who may not be able to stop a frac sand mine or regulate an existing mine. In the past few days I have spoken with several attorneys, including some who work for the legislature, who agree with my interpretation of the bill. I am vigorously pursuing a clarification of this bill.
I ask all county officials who were not consulted by their lobbyist to get in touch with their association and their legislators. People should express their opinion about this loss of local control. What we’ve seen in various counties is that elected officials may make one decision, but the voters have the last say.”