OLYMPIA — The Washington State House of Representatives voted on April 17 to pass two measures to ensure governmental continuity in the event of a natural disaster.

Senate Bill 5012, sponsored by Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, expands the Continuity of Government Act to apply to natural catastrophes and requires the Washington Military Department to develop a program for state and local government agencies to plan for such events. Current law provides for continuity of government only in the event of enemy attack.

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