Council to consider Family-Wage Jobs Credit Program
The Pierce County Council will review Ordinance 2018-51, the Family-Wage Jobs Credit Program, at the Rules and Operations Committee on Monday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
If the ordinance passes out of the Rules and Operations Committee, it will be presented to the Council for review and potential approval at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m.
Members of the public can attend these meetings in-person in Council Chambers located on the 10th floor of the County-City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma. Meetings can be viewed live at www.piercecountywa.gov/council or on channel 22 (Comcast), channels 22 and 522 (Click! Network) and on channels 513 and 20 (Rainier Connect).
Pierce County broadens lawsuit against big pharma
Last February, Pierce County filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest manufacturers and marketers of prescription opioids in the United States: Purdue, Endo and Janssen. The County contends the deceptive marketing practices used by the firms helped fuel the opiate crisis. Patients and doctors were told opioids were not addictive and were a safe way to treat long-term and chronic pain, which the Center for Disease Control has concluded is untrue.
This week, the Pierce County Council authorized the Prosecutor to file an amended complaint to add a new set of defendants - the three largest wholesale distributors of prescription opioids: Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.
The original lawsuit was filed in federal court and asks for injunctive relief to stop the deceptive business practices, and for financial relief to assist Pierce County in addressing issues associated with opiate addiction, including the burden on the criminal justice system and social services.
Pierce County has retained Keller Rohrback as outside counsel.
Foothills Trail Contribution
Thank you to the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition for your donation of $50,000 that helped complete the missing link of the Foothills Trail from Buckley to South Prairie!
The Council is the legislative branch of Pierce County government and is the policy-determining body of the County, as provided by the County Charter. The Council has all powers of the County not otherwise reserved to the people, the Executive, or general law.
The seven members are elected from each of seven contiguous and equally populated districts. Each county councilmember represents a district having a population of approximately 115,000 people (as of the 2010 Census) and is elected to a 4 year term.