Legislature considers adding four seats to Port of Seattle Commission


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By Jack Mayne

South King County will get more representation on the Port of Seattle Commission under legislation introduced this week in the Washington Legislature.

The bill – HB 1999 – would create a nine district Port Commission to replace the five districts now and with district boundaries the same as King County Council districts. That means SeaTac, Burien and Normandy Park would have partial representation from two Port commissioners instead of just one now. Des Moines would be in a separate district that would include other areas of south King County.

The prime sponsor of the legislation is SeaTac Rep. Mia Gregerson, along with 13 other King County state representatives as co-sponsors, only one of which is a Republican legislator.

Under the proposal, now before the House State Government committee, only residents of the district can vote for and become a Port District commissioner but there will be at-large or Port district-wide slots, probably two of the nine positions.

The pay for the new Port Commissioners would be the same as for state legislators, says the bill, or $42,106 annually.

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5 Responses to “Legislature considers adding four seats to Port of Seattle Commission”
  1. D. Harper says:

    Here is the bill.
    http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1999&Year=2017
    It sounds like Seattle will have the most representation (4 seats) and South King County will never have more than one even though we carry the burden of SeaTac Airport. That’s not cool.

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  2. James says:

    Mia has always been out for herself. I imagine this is her trying to create herself a job.

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    • PatHToLogic says:

      Natch…just another opportunity to add more activist liberals to a pressured government group with …..oh yes…..further possibilities for turmoil….
      Please remember …Port of Seattle Commissioner does not mean a chance to stand in the sidewalk with a sign like Sawant…if should mean you need some commercial trade experience and a Transportation degree….
      Should this ever come to fruition….

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  3. Harry Steinmetz says:

    Isn’t it awfully late in the legislature session to introduce new legislatiion? Is there even a remote chance this will pass?

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  4. seatac says:

    this is a power grab to insure the airport can ignore south king county, just like the king county council has been ignoring us all these years. please comment with your concerns OPPOSING this bill directly here:
    http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1999&Year=2017

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