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Governor gets two bills from local legislator

April 8th, 2009 - 6:23am

(Olympia) -- Two bills sponsored by a local state representative are on their way to the Governor.

The state Senate yesterday unanimously passed the bills sponsored by Sequim Democrat Representative Kevin Van de Wege.

The first bill authorizes the state Department of Natural Resources to conduct two pilot programs to explore the use of woody biomass as an energy source.

Van de Wege says the Olympic Peninsula could benefit from new technologies that enable the conversion of forest biomass to renewable fuels.

The Senate also passed a bill to provide a minimum retirement allowance for certain members of law enforcement and firefighter retirement plans who were disabled. Van De Wege, who is a firefighter, says it will effect those who became disables in the line of duty before January of 2001.

Van De Wege says he'll conduct a "virtual town hall" meeting tonight via telephone. Thousands of households across the Olympic Peninsula will receive a phone call this evening, inviting them to participate in the town hall and ask Van De Wege questions.

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