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More than 40 exhibitors filled the Enumclaw High commons Thursday for the second STEM Expo, touting the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. Attendees enjoyed hands-on exhibits and learned of the growing demand for a STEM-educated workforce. The event was put on by the Enumclaw Schools Foundation and the school district. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Lawmakers discuss priorities By Dennis Box Editor
This is the second installment of a short series where local legislators answer questions concerning both the 31st District and the state. Legislators convened in Olympia Jan. 13 for the 2014 session, which is scheduled to end March 13. Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn responded last week. This week Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Greenwater, and Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, R-Enumclaw, discussed issues they are working on during the session. What are the top issues you believe should be addressed during the legislative session?
Da h lquist: We created a two-year budget that balances over four years for the first time ever. We wrote and Cathy Dahlquist passed that state operating budget last session. This is a 60-day session, and the intent of a short session is to make minor adjustments to that budget based on increases or decreases in case load forecasts changes, so we are not looking to make major budget expenditures. We started down a path last session with a two-year budget that added an additional $1.6 billion to K-12 education for things like all-day kindergarten, K-1 class-
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size reduction, pupil transportation and materials, supplies and operating costs, or MSOCs. This investChris Hurst ment puts the Legislature on track to meet the funding requirements for K-12 education by the statutory deadline of the 2018 school year. One of the other items we funded was creating equity in a high school diploma by aligning all our high schools to a 24 credit requirement for graduation. This continues our work to set the bar high for students
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Buying time to consider a sticky issue, members of the Enumclaw City Council have implemented a six-month moratorium on any business that would attempt to sell marijuana for recreational use. As City Attorney Mike Reynolds told the council last week, the city finds itself between the proverbial rock and a hard place. On one hand, state voters approved Initiative 502, which allows for the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use. On the flip side, the federal government continues to view marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, outlawed by the Controlled Substances Act. While some cities and towns had taken immediate action and issued prohibitions against marijuana sales, the city of Enumclaw had done nothing until the City Council meeting of Jan. 27. At that gathering, by unanimous vote, members of the council authorized the six-month moratorium on marijuana “production, processing and retail sales.” Additionally, the council action called for a public hearing to get community input regarding recreational marijuana and its place inside Enumclaw’s borders.
While medicinal marijuana made steady inroads in the Evergreen State, the recreational consumption of cannabis remained illegal, as per federal law. Then came Initiative 502, passed by voters in November 2012, making Washington one of just two states – along with Colorado – where recreational marijuana is allowed.
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