Every week during the Washington State Legislative Session, the Environmental Priorities Coalition prepares a “Hot List” for legislators detailing our positions on up to ten of the highest priority issues for the upcoming week.

This is also your tool to understand the highest priority environmental bills at play in Olympia right now. Click on each bill to learn more and take action. Scroll down to see previous weeks’ “Hot Lists” in PDF format.

Contact clifford@ctassociates.org if you have any questions. We hope you find this tool helpful!

 

 

Week of March 5

ESHB 2327

Concerning appliance efficiency standards.

>> Possible Senate Floor Action

Overview:

  • Establishes minimum energy and water standards for products that residents and workers use every day—these standards help Washingtonians save money, energy, and water.

Status:  2nd Reading

Sponsors:  Morris, Hudgins, Tarleton, Fey, Slatter, Fitzgibbon, Macri, Ormsby, and Doglio

Official Bill Information

 

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SHB 2995

Concerning Washington’s clean, affordable, and reliable energy future.

>> Possible House Floor Action

Overview:

  • Gradually phases out fossil fuels in the electricity sector, reducing 18 million tons of carbon annually.
  • Provides Washington flexibility to reduce electricity emissions, building on hydropower, wind and other renewables.

Status:  2nd Reading

Sponsors:  Tarleton, Doglio, and Pollet

Official Bill Information

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ESSB 5886

Creating the orca protection act.

>> Possible House Floor Action

Overview:

  • With only 76 resident orcas remaining, we need to act. This bill strengthens enforcement against harassment and noise pollution and creates a slow-go zone from boats and vessels traveling through waters with orcas present.
  • Requests the Salish Sea Institute convene a meeting between Washington State and British Columbia with the goal of improving orca recovery strategies, along with ensuring key federal, tribal, county, and nongovernmental partners coordinate on orca recovery.

Status:  Passed out of Senate

Sponsors:  Ranker

Official Bill Information

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E2SSB 6269

Strengthening oil transportation safety.

>> Public Hearing on March 6

Overview:

  • The Oil Spill Prevention Act closes the barrel tax loophole for oil arriving by pipelines (nearly 40% of the oil coming to the state).
  • The bill also prioritizes implementation needed safety tools including vessel inspections, updating and testing contingency plans for heavy sinking oils like tar sands, creating a transboundary summit with Canada to discuss oil spill risks to Puget Sound and shared waters.
  • Passed the Senate 42-7.

Oil spill prevention act

Status:  House Appropriations Committee

Sponsors:  Ranker, Rolfes, Carlyle, Darneille, Hasegawa, Pedersen, Conway, Keiser, Hunt, Frockt, Kuderer, Chase, Liias, and Saldaña

Official Bill Information

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ESSB 6413

Reducing the use of certain toxic chemicals in firefighting activities.

>> Possible Senate Concurrence Vote

Overview:

  • Phases out cancer-causing PFAS chemicals from firefighting foam and requires anyone selling firefighting gear containing PFASs to notify the buyer.
  • Firefighting foam that contains these extremely persistent chemicals has contaminated drinking water in Issaquah, Coupeville, and Airway Heights. Firefighters are also exposed to PFAS chemicals when they use the foam, or wear gear treated with these chemicals. Cancer is the leading cause of death of firefighters.

Status:  Passed out of the House

Sponsors:  Van De Wege, Wellman, Palumbo, Billig, Hunt, Kuderer, Saldaña, and Chase

Official Bill Information

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Want to see previous Hot Lists? Click on the date below to download a PDF.