Posted Thursday, 04-23-15 A proposed fireworks ban in the city of Wenatchee turned out to be a dud. About a dozen people addressed the city council Thursday night, many opposed to the ban. Some like Laurie Cassander said the city already has rules against aerial fireworks and that the ban would impact a lot of families that like to use the so-called safe and sane pyrotechnics. listen here Others opposed to the ban cited the significance of Independence Day and the tradition of fireworks in that celebration. People in favor of the ban, like Jan Haven said even the safe and sane varieties can be dangerous. She cited the Skyline Drive fire last year, where people were reportedly throwing the pyrotechnics from a vehicle and other fires that were caused by people using legal fireworks. listen here The input had an impact. Council member Ruth Esparza says she was leaning towards supporting the ban prior to hearing from the public. listen here Councilmembers did say they would like to see law enforcement given more tools in enforcing current ordinances against aerial fireworks and would like to see the time frame for allowing the discharge of fireworks cut down. Currently people can use legal fireworks between June 28th and July 5th.
posted 4/23/15 In his first veto of 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee struck out a section of a bill that would have enabled raising the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour on state highways. Inslee's partial veto Wednesday morning of House Bill 2181 left intact the sections of the bill that authorize investigation of the potential safety effects of raising the speed limit on sections of Washington highways. In his veto message, Inslee said the bill would originally have authorized a 75 mile per hour limit on a section of Interstate 90, but its reach had been extended to affect potentially thousands of roads before it reached his desk. He also said the bill should have commissioned a safety study before authorizing a higher limit, instead of attempting to do both simultaneously.