- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed part of a bill Wednesday that would allow school districts to build outside of urban growth areas. Inslee made an exception for school districts in Pierce County, which he said would ultimately affect one school.

Inslee suggested making changes to the bill that would force school districts to evaluate the land, costs and utility services and environmental impacts before considering expansion. He says the school district, county and the affected cities must agree there are no other feasible alternatives within the urban area.

Inslee says he is confident his office and legislators can come up with a plan during the current special session that can to serve schools but doesn’t create any additional developments that would obstruct the value system of the growth management act.

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