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.
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.
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, 2018There 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.