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March 7th 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 7, 2011.

March 7th Hot List - State House

POSSIBLE HOUSE FLOOR ACTION

HB 1536: Providing a congestion reduction charge to fund the operational and capital needs of transit agencies.

POSITION: SUPPORT

  • This bill preserves jobs, reduces congestion, and protects the environment by authorizing local governments and transit agencies in Puget Sound 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.

 

HOUSE COMMITTEE ACTION

SB 5253: Concerning landscape conservation and local infrastructure.

Local Government: Hearing & Possible Executive Session
POSITION: SUPPORT

  • This bill will empower our cities to make much-needed infrastructure improvements in exchange for working together to conserve potentially hundreds of thousands of acres of working farm and forest land.
  • The bill, brought forward by Cascade Land Conservancy, is supported by a broad coalition including the environmental community, various cities & counties, Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish, Weyerhaueser, etc.
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