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Environmental Stewardship Progress in the 2020 Session

HB 1110 and SB 5412 clean transportation fuels, disappointedly stalled for the second year in the Senate transportation committee. The groups opposed to the bill were well strategized and timed their opposition for maximize effect. If we need to support this bill it will take strong support and organization
HB2472  controlling methane leaks from pipelines etc. There is funding for the Governors Directive in the budget
SB5947 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program passed with bi-partisan support and funded $690K for grants

Other notable successes:

SB-5323 ban of single use plastic bags
HB-2311 Increases the States Emissions reductions targets beyond the Paris Accords

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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.

Successful bills:

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

 

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