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2013 PRIORITY
SHB 1017

Creating new efficiency standards

Date: 3/6/2013

Environmental Position: SUPPORT

Washington will drive transformation of the market for energy efficient battery chargers and lights.  These products are available in retail stores and will not create a burden for retailors. Because battery chargers are abundant, consumers save on their utility bills and utilities reduce the amount of power they need to generate. This would have been a win-win for consumers and the environment.

Vote: Yea: 59, Nay: 38, Excused: 0, Absent: 1
Outcome: 2013:
Passed out of the House, died in the Senate. 2014: Passed out of the House, died in the Senate


2013 PRIORITY
SHB 1294

Amendment to 1294: Concerning flame retardants (also known as the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act)

Date: 3/6/2013

Environmental Position: OPPOSE

This amendment was offered on the House floor and was an attempt to weaken the strongest version of the bill. We opposed the amendment because it would have only banned 2 toxic flame retardants in children's products. 

 Vote: Yea: 48, Nay: 49, Excused: 0, Absent: 1
Outcome: This amendment to the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act did not pass


2013 PRIORITY
SHB 1294

Concerning flame retardants (also known as the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act)

Date: 3/6/2013

Environmental Position: SUPPORT

This strong version that passed out of the House allowed our state to adequately protect kids from toxic flame retardants. It gave state agencies the authority to stop equally harmful replacement flame retardants in children's products and furniture. It provided the most comprehensive solution to the problem.

Vote: Yea: 53, Nay: 44, Excused: 0, Absent: 1
Outcome: This version of the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act passed out of the House


HB 1652

Establishing a process for the payment of impact fees through provisions stipulated in recorded covenants

Date: 3/6/2013

Environmental Position: OPPOSE

This bill removed local control by delaying when impact fees are collected, making it harder for cities, counties, and fire & school districts to build improvements needed to accommodate the impacts of new growth.  When existing neighbors believe growth is coming without amenities and infrastructure needed, they oppose that growth and it's redirected to the urban fringe, which costs more money and is more harmful to the environment.

Vote: Yea: 73, Nay: 24, Excused: 0, Absent: 1
Outcome:
Passed the House and the Senate, vetoed by the Governor


2013 PRIORITY
E2SSB 5802

Developing recommendations to achieve the state's greenhouse gas emissions targets

Date: 3/25/2013

Environmental Position: SUPPORT

This Governor’s-request legislation evaluates the climate pollution reduction programs of other states and Canadian provinces, and convenes the Governor and legislative leaders to develop policies to ensure we achieve our climate pollution limits for 2020 and beyond (set in statute through a 2008 environmental Priority bill).

Vote: Yea: 61, Nay: 32, Excused: 0, Absent: 5
Outcome:
Passed the Senate and the House, signed by the Governor


2014 PRIORITY
HB 2347

Enhancing the safety of the transportation of oil

Date: 2/17/2014

Environmental Position: SUPPORT

The transport of oil in Washington is dramatically and rapidly changing, leaving many communities at risk of spills and rail accidents. This bill provided important tools to promote transparency of oil moving by rail, pipeline, and vessel; improve or establish tug escort requirements to prevent oil spills and accidents in Puget Sound, the outer coast, and Columbia River; increase penalties for reckless tug and barge operations; and identify prevention and response gaps statewide.

Vote: Yea: 57, Nay: 37, Excused: 0, Absent: 4
Outcome:
Passed the House, died in the Senate


HB 2414

Concerning water conservation appliances

Date: 2/17/2014

Environmental Position: SUPPORT

Water efficiency standards for plumbing fixtures are good for consumers and the environment. Improving water efficiency has important energy efficiency benefits as well.  All the water used in toilets and faucets has to be pumped, moved and then put through treatment.  The less of our precious water resources used the more energy and money saved.  90% of the state is in moderate to severe drought conditions, this is becoming a more regular situation, advancing water conserving appliances and fixtures is important to protect water supplies.

Vote: Yea: 57, Nay: 41, Excused: 0, Absent: 0
Outcome:
Passed the House, died in the Senate


2013 PRIORITY
ESHB 1294

Concerning flame retardants (also known as the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act)

Date: 1/22/2014

Environmental Position: SUPPORT

Brought back from the 2013 legislative session, this House version once again allowed our state to adequately protect kids from toxic flame retardants. It helped ensure companies could not use equally harmful and ineffective replacement flame retardants. This version would have gotten us off the toxic treadmill and removed replacing chemicals one by one.

Vote: Yea: 72, Nay: 25, Excused: 0, Absent: 1
Outcome:
Passed the House, died in the Senate

 
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