Environmental Stewardship Priorities 2020:
The 2020 legislative session began on January 13 and runs for 90 days. In this short session the following three bills are prioritized:
- HB 1110 and SB 5412 Reduce the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions those associated with transportation fuel, lowering levels of conventional air pollutants from diesel and gasoline that are harmful to public health.
Sponsors: Fitzgibbon, Slatter, Kloba, Peterson, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Cody, Bergquist, Doglio, Robinson, Pollet, Stanford, Frame
Sponsors: Saldaña, Carlyle, Palumbo, Das, Nguyen, McCoy, Darneille, Frockt, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Pedersen, Rolfes
- HB1597 Incorporating comprehensive measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from certain fossil fuels into state environmental laws. This bill will require full accountability of upstream methane leaks for all new power generation or gas infrastructure.
Sponsors: Pollet, Doglio, Tarleton, Goodman, Slatter, Senn, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Thai, Valdez, Ryu, Stanford, Reeves, Frame, Macri, Shewmake
- SB5947 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program.
Sponsors: McCoy, Schoesler, Palumbo, King, Salomon, Warnick
Sponsors: Walsh, Shewmake, Dye, Springer, Shea, Peterson, Chapman, Fitzgibbon, Eslick, Corry
Other bills to be aware of:
- SB5323 Reducing pollution from plastic bags by establishing minimum state standards for the use of bags at retail establishments.
Sponsors: Das, Carlyle, Kuderer, Palumbo, Hunt, Rolfes, Frockt, Keiser, Pedersen, Saldaña
- Embody Carbon (no bill number yet) Creating the buy clean Washington act, to evaluate the emissions associated with producing building materials
- Heal Act, The Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act (Senate Bill 5489) Establishing a healthy environment for all by creating a definition of environmental justice, directing agencies to address environmental health disparities, and creating a task force . https://frontandcentered.org/
Sponsors: Saldaña, Das, Nguyen, Hasegawa, Darneille, Palumbo, Randall, McCoy, Conway, Billig, Cleveland, Keiser, Kuderer, Rolfes, Wilson, C., Frockt
Environmental Stewardship Action during 2019
On May 7th. 2019 Gov. Jay Inslee signed an unprecedented suite of clean energy legislation into law, ushering in aggressive timelines for decarbonizing Washington’s economy and transforming the state’s energy. Together, these measures represent the greatest step Washington has ever taken toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
SB 5116 Establishes the clean energy transformation act. Addresses the elimination of coal-fired electricity and the transition of the state’s electricity supply to one hundred percent carbon neutral by 2030. Prime sponsor, Sen. Carlyle, passed the Senate 28-19, House 56-42.
HB 1112 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons. Rep Fitzgibbon , prime sponsor. Passed the house 55-39, Senate 30-19.
SB 5397 Reducing Plastic pollution by responsible management of plastic packaging . Rep. Wolfes prime sponsor. Passed the house 75-23, Senate 45-4
HB 1257 Increases energy efficiency of buildings and the use of renewable fuels that reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Rep. Doglio prime sponsor. Passed the House 55-37, Senate 25-23.
HB 1114 Reducing food waste in order to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts, Rep. Doglio, prime sponsor. Passed the House 95-0, Senate 96-0.
HB 1579 Implementing recommendations of the southern resident killer whale task force related to increasing chinook abundance. Prime Sponsor, Rep.Fitzgibbon, passed the House 59-39, Senate 26-20
HB 1578 Reducing threats to southern resident killer whales by improving the safety of oil transportation. Rep.Lekanoff prime sponsor, passed the House 70-28, Senate 32-13