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 January 21

HB 1110

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels (Clean Fuel Standard).

>> Scheduled for Executive Session on January 24th.

 

Overview:

  • Requires the reduction of the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 10% by 2028 and 20% by 2035.
  • Increases the use of zero emission vehicles, including cars, trucks and buses, and the deployment of sustainable biofuels.
  • State and regional analysis has found that a Clean Fuel Standard could create as many as 15,000 jobs in Washington, while cutting down pollutants that harm public health.

Status:  House Environment & Energy Committee  

Sponsors:Fitzgibbon, Slatter, Kloba, Peterson, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Cody, Bergquist, Doglio, Robinson, Pollet, Stanford, Frame

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HB 1112

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons.

>> Scheduled for Executive Session on January 24th.

 

Overview:

  • Phases out the sale and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are primarily used as refrigerants, in different applications by 2024.
  • HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases with existing alternatives for their use. HFCs are already restricted in California and were previously by the EPA.

 

Status:  House Environment & Energy Committee  

Sponsors:  Fitzgibbon, Kloba, Peterson, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Goodman, Bergquist, Doglio, Robinson, Pollet, Stanford, Frame

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HB 1113

Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science and with the United States’ commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

>> Scheduled for Executive Session on January 24th.

 

Overview:

  • Updates state emissions limits to be consistent with recommendations from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, and United States commitments to the Paris Climate Accords.
  • Sets Washington policy to be consistent with West Coast and global goals, though these limits are non-binding.

Status:  House Environment & Energy Committee 

Sponsors: Slatter, Fitzgibbon, Fey, Doglio, Kloba, Peterson, Valdez, Ryu, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Goodman, Cody, Bergquist, Pollet, Stanford, Santos, Frame, Ormsby, Walen, Robinson

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HB 1194

Preventing toxic pollution that affects public health or the environment.

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, January 24th.

 

Overview:

  • One of the four environmental community priorities of 2019.
  • Authorizes the Department of Ecology to take actions to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in consumer products that can harm vulnerable populations like kids, and sensitive species, like orcas and salmon.
  • Implements part of the Orca Task Force’s recommendations on toxics by turning off the tap of a big source of toxic pollution to the environment and preventing further contamination of orcas and their prey and the need for future cleanups.

 

Status:  House Environment & Energy Committee 

Sponsors: Doglio, Fitzgibbon, Slatter, Fey, Peterson, Hudgins, Lekanoff, Macri, Shewmake, Dolan, Jinkins, Pollet, Goodman, Robinson, Stanford

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HB 1205

Relating to Reducing Pollution from Plastic Bags.

>> Public Hearing on Monday , January 21st.

 

Overview:

  • One of the four environmental community priorities of 2019.
  • Creates a statewide ban on carryout plastic bags, encouraging use of recycled paper and reusable bags.
  • Reduces harm to marine life, cuts down on litter, and prevents problems at recycling and composting facilities.

 

Status:  House Environment & Energy Committee 

Sponsors: Peterson, Orwall, Doglio, Senn, Mead, Gregerson, Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Ortiz-Self, Lovick, Frame, Slatter, Walen, Macri, Goodman, Tarleton

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HB 1211

Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future (100% Clean Electricity).

>> Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 22nd.

 

Overview:

  • One of the four environmental community priorities of 2019.
  • Moves Washington away from fossil fuels and toward 100% Clean Electricity, making our state a national leader.
  • A 100% Clean Electricity portfolio reduces pollution that causes climate change, expands our clean energy economy, and sets a foundation to reduce pollution from other sectors like transportation.

 

Status:  House Environment & Energy Committee 

Sponsors: Tarleton, Doglio, Pollet, Stanford, Chapman, Peterson, Jinkins, Hudgins, Orwall, Wylie, Fitzgibbon, Valdez, Dolan, Sells, Ryu, Senn, Callan, Ortiz-Self, Fey, Morris, Slatter, Walen, Macri, Tharinger, Goodman, Kloba, Riccelli, Robinson

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SB 1226

Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future.

>> Public Hearing on Monday, January 21st.

 

Overview:

  • Abolishes the Energy Independence Act (I-937), which is our strongest policy in current law advancing renewable energy and reducing carbon pollution in the electricity sector, if any other carbon pricing mechanism comes into effect.
  • Creates new tax breaks for carbon reduction measures without adequate accountability provisions.

 

Status: House Environment & Energy Committee 

Sponsors: DeBolt, Stokesbary

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SB 5115

Concerning appliance efficiency standards.

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 23rd (continuation of previous hearing).

 

Overview:

  • Sets energy and water efficiency standards for common consumer products, saving consumers money on utility bills.

 

Status:  Senate Environment, Energy, & Technology Committee 

Sponsors:  Carlyle, Palumbo, Wellman, Hunt, Saldaña, Liias, Kuderer

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SB 5116

Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future (100% Clean Electricity).

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, January 17th 

 

Overview:

  • One of the four environmental community priorities of 2019.
  • Moves Washington away from fossil fuels and toward 100% Clean Electricity, making our state a national leader.
  • A 100% Clean Electricity portfolio reduces pollution that causes climate change, expands our clean energy economy, and sets a foundation to reduce pollution from other sectors like transportation.

Status:  Senate Environment, Energy, & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Carlyle, Palumbo, McCoy, Pedersen, Wellman, Das, Rolfes, Frockt, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Nguyen, Keiser, Liias, Hunt, Saldaña, Darneille, Billig

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SB 5223

Concerning net metering (Solar Fairness Act).

>> Possible Executive Session

 

Overview:

  • Strengthens net metering standards, protects homeowners, and expands the emerging solar market in the state.
  • Solar owners deserve full credit for the power they make. Unfortunately, consumers statewide are often unable to benefit fully from the generation of solar energy on their rooftops and properties because Washington has some of the weakest net metering policies in the nation.

 

Status:  Senate Environment, Energy, & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Palumbo, Rivers, Rolfes, King, Carlyle, Mullet, McCoy, Wellman, Das, Nguyen, Randall, Frockt, Salomon, Keiser, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Darneille, Cleveland, Saldaña, Dhingra, Pedersen, Conway, Van De Wege

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SB 5293

Concerning energy efficiency (Clean Buildings for Washington Act).

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 23rd.

 

Overview:

  • Addresses the built environment, which produces 27% of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions – our second largest source of emission.
  • Creates policies that innovate our building energy codes; addresses natural gas use in homes and buildings; and spurs retrofits in large existing commercial buildings with performance standards and state incentives.

 

Status:  Senate app.leg.wa.gov/billsummaryEnvironment, Energy, & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Carlyle, Nguyen, Palumbo, Das, Billig, Kuderer, Keiser, McCoy, Hunt, Liias, Frockt, Pedersen, Wellman

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SB 5323

Relating to Reducing Pollution from Plastic Bags.

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, January 24th.

 

Overview:

  • One of the four environmental community priorities of 2019.
  • Creates a statewide ban on carryout plastic bags, encouraging use of recycled paper and reusable bags.
  • Reduces harm to marine life, cuts down on litter, and prevents problems at recycling and composting facilities.

 

Status:  Senate Environment, Energy, & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Das, Carlyle, Kuderer, Palumbo, Hunt, Rolfes, Frockt, Keiser, Pedersen, Saldaña

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SB 5397

Concerning the responsible management of plastic packaging.

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, January 24th.

 

Overview:

  • Creates a new system for managing plastic packaging, shifting costs off ratepayers and requiring plastic manufacturers to reduce unnecessary packaging and develop packaging that is more readily recyclable.
  • Plastic packaging represents a growing environmental problem with impacts on marine environment, litter, and our recycling programs.

 

Status:  Senate Environment, Energy, & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Rolfes, Carlyle, Darneille, Saldaña, Hasegawa, Hunt, Kuderer

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SB 5426

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons.

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, January 24th.

 

Overview:

  • Phases out the sale and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are primarily used as refrigerants, in different applications by 2024.
  • HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases with existing alternatives for their use. HFCs are already restricted in California and were previously by the EPA.

 

Status:  Senate Environment, Energy, & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Mullet, Palumbo, Rivers, Nguyen, Dhingra, Rolfes

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