After many months we may finally have some movement on AB 314. on Feb 24 a meeting was held with Sen. Jeff Plale (Chairman of the Commerce, utilities, energy and rail committee) and we were promised a committee hearing by him sometime in the next two weeks. Although negotiations with the railroad lobbyists forced us to remove the notification of emergency responders portion of the bill I am happy to report that the sections involving railroad worker training and safety remain intact. We as an executive board are convinced that the passing of this bill, even in it’s negotiated form, will go a long way in protecting all rail workers when weed spraying time comes. We will keep you posted on the progress of the bill in the coming weeks. Please continue to check the web site and local bulletin boards for more information as we will certainly be needing everyone to call their State Senator/ Reprensentative in the future to express the importance of this proposed legislation. Any questions feel free to contact Chairman Dimond or myself. Until then work safe!!
1st vice Chairman WSLB