The House of Representatives approved a bill today by a vote of 96-2 that would allow the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to create a collaborative partnership for certain maritime operations.
“Our state laws governing ports were written over a century ago when competition was largely between Washington’s port districts,” said the bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island). “Times have changed dramatically since then. This bill will allow our ports to better compete in a 21st Century global economy.”
“Washington is heavily dependent on trade and our ports play a key role in our economy,” said Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard). “Nearly a half million jobs are supported by cargo moving through Washington’s two largest ports. Marine cargo operations in Seattle and Tacoma generate over $4 billion in economic activity. Passage of this bill greatly increases Washington’s competitiveness.”