Manweller: ‘We saw this coming’
Following this weekend’s Paradiso Festival, Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, is renewing his efforts to help the Quincy Medical Center handle the workload when the Gorge Amphitheatre hosts concerts and events.
“What happened this weekend was a terrible tragedy,” Manweller said in a press release. “Unfortunately, we saw this coming. This is the very reason I introduced legislation this session – to help the hospital and local emergency management teams during events and concerts.”
Manweller’s HB 1009 would have given county commissioners the option of adding up to $1 on concert tickets, asking those who rely on or utilize the hospital and emergency management services to chip in. It also takes the burden off of local taxpayers footing the bill.
The bill made it out of the House Finance Committee, but was never brought to the House floor for a vote.
“Unfortunately, some politics got in the way,” Manweller said. “I will be working on this legislation again in 2016 so we can prevent additional tragedies like the ones we saw this weekend.”
— Staff report