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January 23rd Hot List - State Senate

The Top Ten environmental bills in the State Senate 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 Senate Hot List for January 23, 2012.

SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION

 

SB 6169: Establishing the ocean policy advisory council.

Energy and Natural Resources & Marine Waters: Public Hearing

POSITION: SUPPORT

  • Protects critical marine areas for habitat and economic development by promoting consistent state and local policies to govern ocean and coastal resources.

 

SB 6207: Providing fiscal relief to cities and counties during periods of economic downturn by delaying new storm water requirements.

Environment: Public Hearing

POSITION: OPPOSE

  • Undermines Puget Sound recovery efforts by delaying the implementation of critical new municipal stormwater regulations that would promote low impact development and reduce toxic runoff.

 

SB 6341: Creating jobs by increasing recycling of discarded carpet.

Environment: Possible Executive Session

POSITION: SUPPORT

  • Washington needs jobs, not waste. Only 2.3% of carpet and carpet padding is currently recycled. Increased carpet recycling will create jobs and business opportunities.

 

SB 6396: Modifying the energy independence act.

Energy and Natural Resources & Marine Waters: 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.

 

SB 6406: Modifying programs that provide for the protection of the states natural resources.

Energy, Natural Resources, and Marine Waters: Public Hearing

POSITION: OPPOSE

**2012 PRIORITY BILL**

  • This bill raises a modicum of fees for Natural Resource Programs, but modifies the ability of those programs to protect natural resources. This is a bad trade for the environment. Among other things, the bill would eviscerate citizen's ability to engage on growth management decisions in their communities, reduce DFW authority to protect endangered species through Hydraulic Permit Approvals, and significantly weaken the State Environmental Policy Act.

 

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