Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Reminder - Federation meets Thursday, February 28, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Regular Meeting
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency), Pacific Marine Center on Lake Union
1801 Fairview Avenue East
Thursday, February 28, 2008


Should Seattle require Lobbyists and their Employers to file reports with the Ethics and Elections Commission? Is it time for Independent Oversight of Biosafety Laboratories in Seattle?

Transparency in government means providing as much information as possible to citizens on how city government makes decisions. There is now a proposal from Councilmember Nick Licata to require lobbyist registration and reporting. Other cities require reporting. Is this the direction Seattle should take? Learn the details from Newell Aldrich, Councilmember Licata’s legislative assistant.

Seattle got a wake-up call three years ago when the University of Washington campus in the center of the city was temporarily proposed as the site for a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, a large-scale high-security facility requiring biocontainment to study disease-causing agents. One result was public awareness of biosafety laboratories already operating within the city. There are no provisions in place for the protection of human health that govern the siting of such laboratories. There are inadequate provisions governing the operations of such labs. Learn about the proposal for independent oversight of Seattle Biosafety Laboratories from those who drafted the proposed regulations.

7:00 Call to Order and Introductions

1. Changes to the agenda
2. Treasurer’s report
3. President’s report

7:15 Reporting by Lobbyists and Lobbyists’ Employers—Newell Aldrich, Legislative Assistant to Councilmember Nick Licata

7:45 Independent Oversight of Biolabs in Seattle—Kit O’Neill, Steven Reisler, Mike McCormick and Randy Baker

8:15 Round Robin—Bring Your Issues!
1. Proposed Multi-Family Code Changes—Update
2. Updating Neighborhood Plans—Advantages and Pitfalls
3. Annexation of North Highline—Update
4. Pike Place Market Improvement Levy
5. Children’s Hospital Proposed Expansion—Update
6. Other Issues/Projects

9:00 Adjourn

NOAA is a federal facility on high security alert, so attendees must enter by the security gate and may need to present photo ID. If you haven't attended a recent Federation meeting, please send your name, contact information, and address to to be added to the entry list. No e-mail? Call 206-365-1267. The building is ADA compliant, with ample parking in front.

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