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The Washington State Board of Health (Board) has adopted proposed revisions to Washington state’s Keeping of Animals rule at its June 8, 2022 virtual public meeting. As a next step, Board staff will file an order of rule adoption with the code reviser’s office to establish an effective date.

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The Washington State Board of Health (Board) would like to congratulate and extend its gratitude to Keith Grellner, Board chair, Tom Pendergrass, former Board vice chair, Member Fran Bessermin, and Member Stephen Kutz each who have fulfilled their terms with the Board, ending their successful appointments as Board members.

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The Washington State Board of Health (Board) has selected Member Kelly Oshiro to serve as their newest vice chair. The Board voted unanimously during their June 8 virtual public meeting. Serving in the role of vice chair, Member Oshiro will act in the capacity of the chair when the chair is unable to attend a meeting or is recused from a meeting because of a conflict of interest or is otherwise unable to serve in the chair role. 

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