Clothesline crusaders call laundry flap overblown | Local News | The Seattle Times: Former state Rep. Deb Hall Eddy, D-Kirkland, not long ago considered sponsoring a bill to prohibit homeowners associations from banning clotheslines after a group of high-school students came to her with the idea. She didn’t get far when the powerful homeowners association lobby came to Olympia intent on crushing the idea because it saw the notion as state intervention in homeowners’ rights.
“It wasn’t going anywhere until you’ve got some equally powerful interest group in Olympia advocating for it,’’ she said. “Unfortunately, we create legislation by whether there is an interest group, not by what’s in the public interest.’’
Discouraged, Eddy dropped the idea.
But a number of energy conservationists say it’s time to reconsider.
There are 19 so-called “right to dry” states, including Oregon and California, that have outlawed bans on clotheslines.
Community association industry astroturf wins out over clotheslines in Washington. But not in some other, sunnier states.