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Rockefeller bills advance

Sen. Phil Rockefeller’s efforts to clean up Puget Sound found favor in the state Senate Monday.

The Bainbridge Democrat drew wide support in the Senate’s approval of two bills that would make it easier to remove abandoned boats and prevent oil spills.

“Our public waterways should not be where derelict vessels go to die,” said Rockefeller of Senate Bill 6223. “It’s irresponsible and the owners will be held accountable for the cost of removal.”

The bill holds owners of abandoned or derelict vessels more accountable and streamlines the process for local jurisdictions to have the vessels removed.

While proposing a new misdemeanor charge for abandoning a vessel, the bill also reduces the cost-share requirements for cities, counties and ports that seek reimbursement from the state for costs associated with vessel removal.

The Senate also backed Rockefeller’s SB 6244, which boosts oil spill prevention and preparedness plans at oil transfer locations throughout the state.

“We know that oil and water don’t mix, and the potential for spills are greatest when fuel is being transferred between on-shore and off-shore locations,” Rockefeller said. “We’re pursuing a goal of zero spills for all transfers.”

SB 6244 directs the state Department of Ecology to evaluate oil spill contingency plans held by tank, cargo and passenger vessels, and to conduct random, unannounced oil spill practice drills on those vessels. It also gives the agency the authority to require prior notice of most oil transfers, to inspect oil transfers and to require additional oil containment safeguards during oil transfers.

Both measures now go to the governor for final approval. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on March 9.

Money talks at breakfast

The topic of the next Bainbridge Business Breakfast is “Dueling CPAs: 3 Money Experts Share Their Top 10 Tips for Generating Better Cash Flow in Your Business, Collecting From Slow-Paying Customers and Staying Out of Trouble With the IRS.”

The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 a.m. March 9 at Wing Point Golf & Country Club.

The cost is $10. To register call 842-3700.

Stake claim for home show

There are still plots available for homes and gardens, booths that is, at the Bainbridge Island Home and Garden Show, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 at Woodward Middle School.

The show features exhibitors, presentations, demonstrations and scheduled appearances by gardening guru Ciscoe Morris and antiques appraisers.

Exhibition space is $250 for a 10-by-10 booth. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, presentations or exhibition space, call the Chamber at 842-3700 or see www.bainbridgechamber.com for an exhibitor application.

The trade show is presented by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Wells Fargo Bank, Prudential Northwest Real Estate, Bainbridge Gardens, Bad Blanche Collections, Absolute Concrete Works and the Bainbridge Island Review.

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