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News from the Metro/King County Council

County Council by Louise Miller, District 3 Councilmember
The state Legislature is in the final hours of the 60-day session and should be close to adjournment by the time you read this article.
   For the second year, I've been chair of the County Legislative Committee and have spent many days in January and February in Olympia working with legislators on bills that affect our citizens.
   At the beginning of the session, it appeared to be very grim because of several bills, particularly juvenile justice, that would have been expensive to county taxpayers.
   Our 1996 budget had to make cuts of over $20 million, and one of the state bills would have cost our taxpayers over $11 million in new costs.
   Right now it appears that we've managed to make modifications to most of the problem bills, and other issues that we've pursued to help solve problems seem to be passing.
   We'll need to work with legislators up to the end of the session to make sure they fully understand the impacts to our citizens, but I'm hopeful now that I can report good news when the session in Olympia adjourns.
   As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at 296-1003.