March 14th Hot List - State House
This is the Legislative Hot List for the State House. It outlines the environmental community's positions on important environmental House bills and budget provisions for the week of March 14, 2011.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ACTION
HB 2008: Regarding the administration of natural resources programs.
General Government Appropriations & Oversight: Public Hearing
- This bill reduces environmental protection while combining two types of forestry-related permits and raising fees.
- We are concerned that the agency with the expertise to determine what’s needed to protect fish loses its authority; four-year logging permits weaken the foundation of the state’s Forests and Fish Habitat Conservation Plan; and permit fee increases are too small to provide sufficient funding for needed state oversight of logging.
ESSB 5457: Providing a congestion reduction charge to fund the operational and capital needs of transit agencies.
Transportation: Public Hearing
- This bill preserves jobs, reduces congestion, and protects the environment by authorizing King County to impose a temporary congestion reduction charge to provide emergency funding for our critical transit service.
- Transit service faces a funding crisis in Washington State. Plummeting sales tax revenue is forcing transit agencies to slash service despite record-setting ridership.
E2SSB 5769: Regarding coal-fired electric generation facilities.
Environment: Public Hearing
- With this bill, the Trans-Alta coal plant will cut its nitrogen oxide emissions in 2013 and permanently shut its two boilers in 2020 and 2025. The bill is supported by Trans-Alta, labor, the Governor and environmental groups.
- The bill also assures that in transitioning away from coal, Trans-Alta is committed to make substantial contributions to economic development and energy efficiency in Lewis County.