SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed several sections of a bill aimed at improving operations at Western State Hospital, a state-run psychiatric facility.
The Tacoma News Tribune reported that Inslee signed Senate Bill 6656 into law last week but vetoed parts of it, including a portion that would have allowed psychiatric nurses with advanced degrees to fill open psychiatrist positions at the hospital.
Another veto blocked an effort to reduce use of state psychiatric facilities by using financial incentives.
The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Andy Hill, a Republican from Redmond, said Inslee vetoed the most important reforms in the proposal.