Climate Change, Energy, and TRANSPORTATION

JUmp to: climate change; energy; transportation

OVERVIEW AND ALERTS

Update for the Week of March 11, 2018

The legislative session is over and done with. We will try again next year to be more successful. Remember that a bill is never irredeemably dead. It can be brought back the next year; perhaps rewritten, perhaps with a different number, but never truly gone.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Issue Team Chair: Phyllis Farrell – phyllisfarrell681 [at] hotmail.com – 360-789-8307
Issue Paper: Climate Change (PDF)
Bills the League Supports
  •  SB 6203 is Governor Inslee’s carbon tax bill for $20.00 per ton, amended to $12;00 per metric ton has not passed the Senate Rules Committee. There is talk of another carbon tax initiative which may be on the November ballot if enough signatures are gathered.
  •  3SHB 1144 Amending state's greenhouse gas emission limits to be consistent with most recent assessment of climate change science. Passed the House February 14. Died in the Senate Rules Committee.
Bills the League is Watching
  • SB 6594 Relating to climate. New bill introduced February 2; Title and Introductory Sections only. Sent to Ways and Means Committee. Awaiting action; it may be too late for this to go anywhere this session. This bill went nowhere

    ENERGY
    Issue Team Co-chair: Mary Moore – mmoore [at] lwvwa.org – 360-972-6714
    Issue Team Co-chair: Elyette Weinstein – eweinstein [at] lwvwa.org – (360) 791-5840
    Issue Paper: Energy (PDF)

    Bills the League Supports
    • HB 2839 Gives the Utilities and Transportation Commission authority to assess economic impacts associated with incremental increases in carbon dioxide emissions within a calendar year. The substitute bill adds a provision requiring that qualified biomass energy be considered a non-emitting resource. The bill passed the House February 9. It passed the Senate Energy Environment and Technology Committee on February 22. Referred to Rules Committee. Died in the Senate.
      Bills the League is Watching
      • HB 2995 Requires that utilities achieve one hundred percent reduction of fossil fuel generation from 2017 levels by January 1, 2045. Establishes a legislative task force. Bill passed the House Finance Committee on February 26. Referred to Rules Committee which placed it on second reading. This bill did not pass the House. It is dead. 
      Bills the League Opposes
      • HB 2283 A substitute bill was introduced and passed on February 1 including nuclear energy and natural gas, but other worrisome details were struck out. On February 26 the House Finance Committee amended the bill to require only a legislative task force on electricity sector decarbonization. 2SHB 2283 provides no requirements to reduce fossil fuels. Passed on the Rules Committee. This bill did not pass the house. It is dead. 
      • SB 6253 Establishing a clean, efficient, renewable energy standard. Includes nuclear energy produced by small modular reactors as a permissible source. To be heard in the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee on January 24. A substitute to the bill added natural gas as a permissible source. Placed on second reading by Rules Committee. Bill placed in Rules X file as inactive. This bill did not pass the Senate. It is dead. 
      TRANSPORTATION
      Issue Team Chair: Elyette Weinstein – eweinstein [at] lwvwa.org – (360) 791-5840
      Issue Paper: Transportation (PDF)

      Bills the League Supports
      • ESSB 6187 Authorizes the governing authority of a municipal electrical utility or a public utility district to: adopt a transportation electrification plan and offer incentive programs to customers for transportation electrification. This bill has passed the Senate. It has also passed the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. This bill did not pass the House. It is dead. 
      Bills the League is Watching 
      • SB 2653 Extends the existing sales and use tax exemptions on clean alternative fuel and electrically powered vehicles in order reduce the price charged to customers. The League supports this bill with concerns about its funding source. This bill passed the House Transportation Committee on January 31 and was sent to the House Finance Committee. Passed the House on February 27 and will had a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee Executive Session March 3. This bill did not pass the Senate. It is dead. 
      Update for the Week of March 4, 2018
      This was a disappointing week for the Environmental Community. Several bills which we have been reporting on have either failed for lack of votes, became burdened with too many amendments, or just languished in the rules committee. All in all, we haven’t scored many wins—mostly losses.

      Update for the Week of February 25, 2018

      Another victory for E3SHB 1144! This bill which limits greenhouse gas emissions, passed the State House last week. On February 22, the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee passed it out. The bill now moves on to the Rules Committee.

      Update for the Week of February 18, 2018

      Victory! The State House has passed 3SHB 1144 which limits greenhouse gas emissions! The bill will be heard in the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee on Wednesday, February 21 at 8:00am.

      Update for the Week of February 11, 2018

      This is the week of baited breath. Will the bills that we support get through the house of origin? Will the bills that we are opposed to be killed? What will happen to the bills once they reach the floor? Will they be changed? Stay tuned...

      Update for the Week of February 4, 2018

      This week bills that have been voted out of their originating committee either go to a fiscal committee if they are accompanied with a fiscal note or to Rules Committee for possible floor action. If the bills have funding attached to them, they must be out of the appropriate fiscal committee by Tuesday, February 6 and on to Rules. You can see how tight the deadlines are.

      Update for the Week of January 28, 2018

      This is the final week for hearing policy bills in committee. As of February 2, all policy bills must be moved out of their originating committee. As a result, most of the action in committees will happen in Executive Sessions.

      Update for the week of January 21, 2018 

      There is even more exciting action in the legislature for the coming week. The eagerly awaited debut of the update to the Energy Independence Act (I-937) will be heard on Tuesday morning in the House Energy and Technology Committee.

      Update for the Week of January 14, 2018

      There has been a whirlwind of activity in the arena of energy and climate change this past week, and it looks as if there will be much more to come next week. The big news is that two of several carbon tax proposals will be heard Tuesday, January 16, at 10:00am in the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. See this week's Action Alert to contact your Senator if they sit on this committee. 

      Update for the Week of January 7, 2018

      Many aspects of the world’s environment intertwine, particularly in terms of policy. What affects transportation policy affects Climate Change when the nature of it pertains to fuel standards and greenhouse gases which emanate from vehicles. Energy policy directly affects Climate Change when it pertains to taxation of carbon or mandatory use of renewable resources. These subjects can no longer be considered by themselves, but rather how they affect the larger view of the environment.

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