Forty years of raw nerves over the devastation caused to the state’s timber industry by protection of the spotted owl came to the surface Monday night on the floor of the state House of Representatives as lawmakers debated a different endangered species bill. John Sattgast from the Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol.
Washington consumers’ access to a free and open internet is protected under bipartisan legislation passed by the state House today. House Bill 2282, which safeguards net neutrality, advanced on a 93-5 vote.
“The net neutrality rules have been protecting a free and open internet for some years now, and today’s vote shows we have broad bipartisan support for maintaining these protections for Washington consumers even after they go away at the federal level,” said Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, the bill’s prime sponsor.