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July 26, 2017
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
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Prosser, WA 99350
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Representative Terry Nealy
WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) testified before the House Natural Resources Committee at a legislative hearing on his bill, H.R. 1274, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act. H.R. 1274 would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). 
The amendment would require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the "best available scientific and commercial data" used by the federal government include information provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments.
Olympia - Washington's record-low unemployment rate held firm in June at 4.5 percent, despite preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing the state gained 2,500 jobs over the month.   "Washington's economy continues to add jobs slowly, just not enough for the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to fall lower in June," said Paul Turek, economist for the department. "There's just not a lot of excess skilled labor available in the market for employers to dramatically increase hiring."
The Employment Security Department released the seasonally adjusted, preliminary jobs estimates from BLS as part of its June Monthly Employment Report.
Prosser City Council
Unemployment Rate Holds
Newhouse Endangered Species Act Reform Bill