Washington State Senator Paull Shin has confirmed he is working with Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan to draft a bill aimed at keeping Boeing from moving business out of state.
Jim Freeburg, Senator Shin's legislative assistant, tells ATI: "Senator Shin is definitely in favor [of the bill]. He has been working closely with Brian Sullivan, although it is still in the drafting stage."
Shin and Sullivan are proposing that the state of Washington be designated a 'port district' since there is an exemption in the state's law that allows port districts to offer favourable rents to businesses.
"I'm proposing a state-wide port district or a county-wide port district to at least allow us to compete on the local level as South Carolina," Sullivan explained last week.
Freeburg says that while the bill is "still in tentative stages", Shin hopes to table it in mid-January after the Washington Legislature reconvenes. It is not yet clear if the bill will seek "state-wide or county-wide" port district designation, he adds.
The legislative effort comes as Boeing considers establishing a 787 assembly line outside its historic Everett, Washington home, in Charleston, South Carolina.
It also comes as some Washington legislators grow increasingly concerned that Boeing will build its 737 successor aircraft outside of Washington. The airframer's current generation 737 series is built in Renton, Washington.