In 2008 a state representative from Shoreline’s legislative district called for the removal of the Public Health Laboratories from Shoreline. She portrayed the Laboratories as an emerging threat to Shoreline’s citizens, emphasizing that the Lab has a significant role in responding to bioterrorism threats and other such harms. In responding to her concerns, the Washington State Legislature mandated that the Department of Health conduct a risk assessment.
Margaret helped to convene, design and facilitate a ten-member stakeholder group of city representatives. This group worked hand-in-glove with the risk assessment consultant and laboratory staff on each phase of the risk assessment process. By the end, those stakeholders who had adamantly opposed the Laboratories become some of its most ardent supporters, and the Laboratories continue to enjoy a remarkable degree of community support and admiration. The Legislature was satisfied with the results and dropped the inquiry into Laboratory operations.