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By Roger Harnack
The Journal 

Franklin County the first to reopen


Last updated 4/23/2020 at 4:59pm

PASCO — Gov. Jay Inslee’s time has expired, at least in Franklin County.

Five minutes into the county commissioners’ 9 a.m. meeting today, April 21, commissioners voted unanimously to reject provisions under Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-home quarantine order.

Commissioner Clint Didier moved to reopen the county; the motion was seconded by Commissioner Brad Peck.

“I move that Franklin County end recognition of the governor’s stay-at-home emergency proclamation that is now deemed unconstitutional,” Didier said. “We support the reopening for all builders and small businesses that want to work.”

Chairman Robert “Bob” Koch joined Didier and Peck, making the rejection of Gov. Jay Inslee’s order unanimous.

Revised Code of Washington 43.06.220 (4) limits gubernatorial emergency orders to 30 days if in conflict with constitutional rights.

“As far as I’m concerned, our county is open…,” Peck said.

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