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January 23rd Hot List - State House

The Top Ten environmental bills in the State House for the week of January 23rd, 2012

Every Monday, the environmental community’s “Environmental Priorities Coalition” prepares a weekly “Hot List” detailing its positions on up to ten of the highest priority issues for the upcoming week. This is the House Hot List for January 23, 2012.

HOUSE COMMITTEE ACTION


HB 2162: Addressing appeal and permit procedures under the shoreline management act.

Local Government: Possible Executive Action

POSITION: SUPPORT FITZGIBBON AMENDMENT


  • Rep Fitzgibbon's amendment requires consideration of whether the upland development requires the shoreline work and will harm the shoreline environment; it is based on language in existing SEPA rules and Shoreline Management Act.


HB 2266: Concerning children's safe products (a.k.a. the Toxic-Free Kids Act).

Environment: Possible Executive Session
POSITION: SUPPORT

**2012 PRIORITY BILL**

  • The Toxic-Free Kids Act will phase out cancer causing toxic tris flame retardants in children's products by July 2014. The bill will also phase in requirements for children's product manufactures that use toxic tris flame retardants, bisphenol A (BPA), formaldehyde, and antimony to assess safer alternatives.


HB 2267: Concerning traditional and alternative sewer systems.

Local Government: Possible Executive Action

POSITION: OPPOSE

  • HB 2267 allows sewers to be extended outside of urban growth areas while simultaneously no longer requiring sewers inside urban growth areas. Requiring sewers inside urban growth areas is a critical tool to facilitating urban style development. Whereas allowing sewers in rural areas helps fuel sprawl since you need urban densities to make the sewer hookups more affordable.


HB 2276: Regarding administrative procedures that promote accountability, transparency, and economic relief.

State Government and Tribal Affairs: Public Hearing
POSITION: OPPOSE

  • Hamstrings effective and efficient implementation of environmental protections by suspending certain rulemaking, creating new red tape, and increasing the costs of state agency operations.


HB 2370: Including health in the state transportation system policy goals.

Transportation: Public Hearing
POSITION:  SUPPORT

  • Adding a health policy goal to the core work of our state transportation agency has the potential to save lives, improve health and safety, and reduce preventable health care costs by creating active transportation opportunities that prevent chronic diseases, improve air quality, and reduce obesity.


HB 2384: Personal vehicle sharing programs.

Business & Financial Services:  Possible Executive Session
POSITION: SUPPORT

  • This bill simply clarifies liability for personal car sharing agreements. Once this is clarified, personal car sharing will expand in Washington, and will allow for car owners to generate profit and giving everyone a new way to save money.


HB 2445: Regulating mileage based insurance.

Business & Financial Services: Possible Executive Session
POSITION: SUPPORT

  • This bill does not create a mandate for insurers to offer mileage-based insurance, instead it explicitly authorizes insurance companies to offer this type of product if they choose. 


HB 2641: Reducing nontax administration costs associated with the conduct of city and county operations.

Local Government: Public Hearing
POSITION: OPPOSE

**2012 PRIORITY BILL**

  • Section 6 of this bill would increase the financial burden on the state in the long term by eviscerating key tools to promote low impact development and by excluding much new development from any stormwater regulation.


HB 2654: Modifying the energy independence act.

Environment: Public Hearing
POSITION:  OPPOSED AS WRITTEN

**2012 PRIORITY BILL**

  • In general, elements of this bill appear to strike an appropriate balance between providing utilities with increased flexibility while also maintaining the long-term goals of the original initiative. That said, we have some significant concerns about the way certain provisions are drafted.


Z-0987.1: Transportation revenue bill.

Transportation:  Public hearing
POSITION:  HAVE CONCERNS

  • We strongly believe that for a transportation funding proposal to be successful it must adhere to several basic principles.  Fix it first, stable transit funding to meet growing demand, investments in local transportation needs, money for livable communities and infrastructure that protects our waterways. The revenue package must be balanced, attuned to environmental impacts, and reflect the transportation reality of Washington today – one that encompasses all modes of travel.

 

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