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Tharinger bill to deal with aging population passes House

March 8th, 2013 - 6:16am

(Olympia) -- The state House has approved a local lawmaker's effort to deal with the "age wave".

In less than a decade, over 30 percent of Washington state's population will be over the age of 65.

24th District Representative Steve Tharinger calls the shift the "age wave," and thinks the state needs to focus on preparing to meet the needs of this population.

This week the house approved Tharinger's bill setting up a select committee tasked with preparing the state for an increasing number of aging residents, including those with disabilities.

Tharinger says Clallam County has even bigger issues with an aging population. One-quarter of the population is age 65 or older. Statewide, about 12 percent of the population is 65 or older.

Tharinger's bill drew bipartisan support and passed on a 89-8 vote.

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