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 February 19

E3SHB 1144

Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 21

Overview:

  • Strengthens state greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and evaluation tools with the goal of protecting Washingtonians’ health and reducing pollution that damages our climate.

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology

Sponsors:  Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Peterson, Stanford, Jinkins, Goodman, Ormsby, Fey, Pollet, Tarleton, Doglio, Farrell, and Macri

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EHB 1476

Ensuring the viability of safe, reliable, onsite septic systems.

>>  Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 21

Overview:

  • Ensures failing onsite septic systems are identified and remediated.
  • Protects shellfish beds and supports a healthy Puget Sound.

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology

Sponsors:  Peterson, Buys, Van Werven, and Short

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E2SHB 1622

Concerning the state building code council.

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 21

Overview:

  • Modestly increases the building permit fee that funds the State Building Code Council so that the agency is able to do its critical and mandated work.

Status:  Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections

Sponsors:  Senn, Springer, Tharinger, Ormsby, and Fey

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SHB 2327

Concerning appliance efficiency standards.

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 21

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:  Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology

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

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HB 2523

Concerning the annual reporting requirements of regulated utility and transportation companies.

>> Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 20

Overview:

  • Updates statute regarding uniform accounting by utilities.
  • Updates statute regarding penalties and penalty waivers for failure to file an annual report.

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology

Sponsors:  Hudgins, DeBolt, Kloba, Tarleton, Smith, and Morris

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ESHB 2658

Concerning the use of perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging.

>> Public Hearing and Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Phases out a highly persistent class of chemicals (PFASs) in food packaging that have been shown to contaminate food and the environment. Cleaning up PFAS contamination in drinking water and the environment is extremely costly. Preventing contamination saves taxpayers money.
  • The bill has been significantly narrowed to apply only to paper food packaging such as microwave popcorn, butter wrappers, and fast food or bakery wrappers.

Status:  Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

Sponsors:  McBride, Kagi, Peterson, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Gregerson, Appleton, Jinkins, Ortiz-Self, Macri, Ryu, Pollet, Kloba, Goodman, Frame, and Stanford

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HB 2733

Establishing a prescribed burn certification program at the department of natural resources.

>> Public Hearing and Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Establishes a prescribed burn training program at DNR for private, local, state and federal land managers.
  • Prescribed fire is a critical tool for restoring our forests to health to be more resilient to high severity megafires.

Status:  Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

Sponsors:  Orcutt, Chapman, Maycumber, Tharinger, Dent, Kretz, Blake, Fitzgibbon, and Muri

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ESHB 2839

Authorizing an alternative form of regulation of electrical and natural gas companies.

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 21

Overview:

  • Provides the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) specific authorities in order to consider alternative utility regulatory structures for IOUs.
  • Ensures a regulatory environment this is effective and efficient in light of the rapidly evolving electric and natural gas utility sectors.
  • This is complimentary to other bills that seek a path to a clean energy future in Washington.

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology

Sponsors:  Morris, Slatter, Doglio, and Fitzgibbon

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EHB 2957

Reducing escape of nonnative finfish from marine finfish aquaculture facilities.

>> Public Hearing and Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Follows laws adopted in Alaska and California, phasing-out the use of Atlantic Salmon net-pens in marine waters in Washington.
  • Protects wild salmon stocks as well as thousands of jobs associated with commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries.

Status:  Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

Sponsors: Lytton, Peterson, Robinson, Wilcox, Taylor, Stambaugh, Sawyer, Chapman, Pollet, and Stanford

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ESB 5288

Authorizing certain public transportation benefit areas to impose a sales and use tax increase.

>> Executive Session on Thursday, February 22

Overview:

  • Authorizes additional taxing authority for Intercity Transit.

Status:  House Committee on Finance

Sponsors: Hunt, Liias, and Kuderer

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ESSB 6002

Enacting the Washington voting rights act of 2018.

>> Possible Floor Vote

Overview:

  • Ensures that everyone in Washington has full and equal access to our democracy by giving communities the tools they need to make their voting systems fairer.
  • Many communities in Washington are denied this right by outdated election systems that leave out the voices of low-income communities and communities of color.

Partnership agenda

Status:  House Rules Committee

Sponsors:  Saldaña, Billig, Palumbo, Frockt, Rolfes, Van De Wege, Liias, Ranker, Keiser, Pedersen, Hunt, Wellman, Conway, Chase, McCoy, Dhingra, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Nelson, Carlyle, and Mullet

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SB 6081

Concerning distributed generation.

>> Public Hearing and Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Increases net metering target. Changes annual true up on solar production to March 31 each year and directs credits to assist low-income customers.
  • Directs State Building Code Council to study and adopt changes necessary to encourage more renewable energy.

Partnership agenda

Status:  House Committee on Technology & Economic Development

Sponsors:  Palumbo, Carlyle, Mullet, Wellman, Ranker, Keiser, McCoy, Frockt, Rolfes, Pedersen, and Hasegawa

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ESB 6140

Promoting the efficient and effective management of state-managed lands.

>> Public Hearing and Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Amended on the Senate floor to lay the groundwork for transferring state lands or opening them up to more aggressive logging, and undermine agreed to arrearage volumes approved by the Board of Natural Resources.
  • To address these problems, Section 6(1) must be removed by the House.

Status: House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources

Sponsors:  King, Van De Wege, and Sheldon

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SSB 6203

Reducing carbon pollution by moving to a clean energy economy.

>> Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Levies a new carbon tax on carbon pollution emitted from the use of fossil fuels and in electricity and invests revenue in clean energy transition, adaptation to climate change including water and forest investments, and provide support for low-income household and affected workers.
  • We continue to work to strengthen the bill as it moves through the legislative process.

Act on climate

Status:  Senate Committee on Ways & Means

Sponsors:  Carlyle, Ranker, Palumbo, Nelson, Pedersen, Frockt, Billig, Rolfes, McCoy, Keiser, Wellman, Liias, Hunt, Chase, Saldaña, and Kuderer

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SSB 6269

Strengthening oil transportation safety.

>> Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Ensures all modes of transporting crude oil are taxed fairly, provides reliable funding for state oil spill prevention work, and enhances protections for Puget Sound and shared waters.
  • Washington faces many risks to our communities and waterways from oil spills from pipelines, trains, and vessels.

Oil spill prevention act

Status:  Senate Committee on Ways & Means

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

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ESSB 6413

Reducing the use of certain toxic chemicals in firefighting activities.

>> Possible Executive Action

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:  House Committee on the Environment

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

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SB 6414

Concerning population-based representation on the governing body of public transportation benefit areas.

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 21 

Overview:

  • Requires Spokane Transit, Pierce Transit, and C-Tran’s boards are fairly represented by population of cities in the transit districts.

Status:  House Committee on Transportation

Sponsors:  Billig, Conway, Liias, and Saldaña

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E2SSB 6529

Establishing a modernizing pesticide notification work group.

>> Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 21

Overview:

  • Convenes a work group to identify reasonable strategies to protect people from exposure to harmful pesticides that drift and settle on clothing, skin, fields, playgrounds, lawns, and streams.
  • Illness and public health impacts from pesticide exposure impact farmworkers, nearby communities, and the environment.

Partnership agenda

Status:  House Committee on Health Care & Wellness

Sponsors:  Saldaña, Ranker, Cleveland, Rolfes, Van De Wege, Miloscia, Chase, Conway, McCoy, Hunt, Keiser, and Hasegawa

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