Week 2: 2019 WA Legislative Session Report

January 25, 2019:  Week Two

Week two has concluded and we are now 12 days in to this 105-day session. This was another busy week here in Olympia as freshman legislators vied to make themselves known in a sea of new faces, prospective 2020 leaders emerged, and a wave of progressive policy proposals continued to appear in front of committee hearings. Despite the long session and many weeks still remaining, several hundred bills have already been introduced. This week was also marked by a large amount of civic engagement and citizen advocacy in Olympia with Monday’s MLK holiday and a variety of gun-related legislation receiving public testimony throughout the week.

Governor Inslee has continued his path towards an upcoming presidential run with a visit to New Hampshire early in the week focused around climate change, followed by an announcement that he will officially decide within “weeks not months”. Back in Olympia, he also announced an expansion of unemployment benefits to federal employees working without pay during the now-longest government shutdown in the nation’s history. State government employees are not directly affected by the shutdown but many at the local level are feeling trickle down effects.

The Governor’s expansive climate package received significant attention again this week; well-attended hearings were held on the 100% Clean Energy bill, Low Carbon Fuel Standards legislation, appliance efficiency standards, and clean buildings package. All of these pieces of legislation are continuing to gain momentum and are expected to take center stage this session as a long list of stakeholders and advocates compete to incorporate their preferential language.

Also this week, the Senate Transportation committee held a public hearing on Chair Senator Steve Hobb’s transportation revenue proposal, which is mostly funded by a carbon fee and fuel tax. The hearing drew a large crowd and the committee heard testimony from several dozen organizations, citizens, and local elected officials.

Finally, this week several labor bills-of what will likely become many more-were introduced and scheduled for hearings including non-competes, independent contractors, portable benefits, and secured scheduling legislation.

Most notable in the energy realm was the House hearing on the Governor’s 100% Clean Energy bill (HB 1211) on Tuesday, following which a new iteration of the bill has emerged. It can be found here. Similarly, the appliance efficiency bill, SB 5115, concluded public testimony on Tuesday and is currently under draft. The House version of the bill is being heard in the House Energy committee on Tuesday as HB 1444.

SB 5293, the Governor’s clean buildings bill, and HB 1226, Rep. Morris’ returning DER planning bill, were also both heard in committee this week. Several of these bills are scheduled for a vote in executive session next week including SB 5115, HB 1257 (House clean buildings), and SB 5116 (Senate 100% clean). There will also be a hearing on the Governor’s final bill, HB 1332 relating to ERSEC.

Finally, SB 5223 concerning net metering for solar, HB 1110 regarding LCFS, and HB 1112 involving Hydrofluorocarbons were all passed out of committee on predominantly party lines. The Senate version of LCFS, SB 5412, will receive testimony next week.

Upcoming Hearings

Environment, Energy & Technology (Senate) – SHR 1, JACB – 1/29 @ 10:00 a.m.

  • SB 5116 – Exec Session – Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future.

Environment & Energy (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 1/29 @ 3:30pm

  • HB 1257 – Public Hearing – Concerning energy efficiency.

Environment, Energy & Technology (Senate) – SHR 1, JACB – 1/30 @ 8:00 am.

  • SB 5115 – Exec Session – Concerning appliance efficiency standards.
  • SB 5412 – Public Hearing – Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

Environment & Energy (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 1/31 @ 8:00am

  • HB 1126 – Exec Session – Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.
  • HB 1113 – Exec Session – Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science and with the United States’ commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Bill Status

Monitoring Bills

Bill # Title Status Sponsor Position
HB 1226 Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future. H Env & Energy DeBolt

 

Other Bills

Bill # Title Status Sponsor Position
HB 1102
(SB 5134)
Concerning the capital budget. H Cap Budget Tharinger
HB 1109
(SB 5153)
Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations. H Approps Ormsby
SHB 1110
(SB 5412)
Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels. H ENVIDPS Fitzgibbon
HB 1113 Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science and with the United States’ commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement. H Env & Energy Slatter
HB 1126 Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future. H Env & Energy Morris
HB 1127 Concerning the electrification of transportation. H Env & Energy Morris
HB 1128 Authorizing an alternative form of regulation of electrical and natural gas companies. H Env & Energy Morris
HB 1129 Concerning customer-sited electricity generation. H Env & Energy Morris
HB 1211
(SB 5116)
Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future. H Env & Energy Tarleton
HB 1257
(SB 5293)
Concerning energy efficiency. H Env & Energy Doglio
HB 1397 Encouraging the use of electric or hybrid-electric aircraft for regional air travel. H Trans Slatter
HB 1642 Allowing the energy savings associated with on-bill repayment programs to count toward a qualifying utility’s energy conservation targets under the energy independence act. H Env & Energy Doglio
SB 5108
(HB 1070)
Concerning the tax treatment of renewable natural gas. S Environment, E King
SB 5115
(HB 1444)
Concerning appliance efficiency standards. S Environment, E Carlyle
SB 5116
(HB 1211)
Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future. S Environment, E Carlyle
SB 5118 Concerning the right to consume self-generated electricity. S Rules 2 Palumbo
SB 5134
(HB 1102)
Concerning the capital budget. S Ways & Means Frockt
SB 5153
(HB 1109)
Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations. S Ways & Means Rolfes
SSB 5223 Concerning net metering. S Ways & Means Palumbo
SB 5293
(HB 1257)
Concerning energy efficiency. S Environment, E Carlyle
SB 5336 Advancing electric transportation. S Environment, E Palumbo
SB 5412
(SHB 1110)
Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels. S Environment, E Salda?a

 

 

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