April 14, 2019: Week Thirteen.
Week 13 here in Olympia has come and gone and with it the last of committee action on bills that are still making their way through the legislature. Following Tuesday’s deadline for bills with a budget impact to be voted out of their opposite-house fiscal committee, legislators turned back to constant floor action to churn through hundreds of bills before next Wednesday’s 5:00 pm opposite-chamber cutoff. Those that have been altered will then head back to their House of origin for concurrence and then move toward final passage at the signature of the Governor.
Both the House and Senate have also simultaneously continued negotiations on the final budget. A side-by-side comparison of the two proposed operating budgets was published this week and can be found here. Once the spending portion of the budget has been agreed upon, the conversation will then move to the likely larger source of debate—what the revenue sources will be to fill the gap. Most likely we expect to see agreement around some sort of REET and B&O but it is unclear exactly how these would be applied and if additional taxes will be considered.
Most significant this week was the passage of the Governor’s comprehensive clean energy legislation, SB 5116, out of the House on Thursday afternoon. A number of relatively minor technical amendments were adopted and floor speeches consumed nearly three hours, ultimately culminating in a 56-42 vote with one Democrat, Rep. Brain Blake of Aberdeen voting in opposition. The bill will now go back to Senate for concurrence. All indications suggest that there will be no issues with this step and the bill will then head to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
The net metering legislation for solar energy systems, SB 5223, also passed out of the House this week and will now return to the Senate for concurrence. This is a significant victory for the solar industry as it will allow many more customers to receive full utility compensation for the energy they generate through their panels.
Another portion of Gov. Inslee’s climate package, the energy efficiency/clean buildings legislation (HB 1257) passed out of its opposite-house fiscal committee on Monday on primarily party lines. One amendment to reduce the required portion of EV charging stations in buildings from 50% to 20% was adopted. Another amendment to cap the amount of penalties for non-compliance at $25,000 was not adopted. The bill has now been pulled from the Rules committee and we are actively working to bring it to the Senate floor for a chamber-wide vote.
The LCFS legislation is technically still alive (it is exempt from cutoffs due to its fiscal nature) but continues to lose momentum with each day that it sees no action.
|Concerning the capital budget.||S 2nd Reading||Tharinger|
|Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations and 2017-2019 biennium second supplemental operating appropriations.||S Passed 3rd||Ormsby|
|Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.||S Transportation||Fitzgibbon|
|EHB 1126||Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.||S 2nd Reading||Morris|
|Concerning energy efficiency.||S 2nd Reading||Doglio|
|HB 1397||Encouraging the use of electric or hybrid-electric aircraft for regional air travel.||S Rules 2||Slatter|
|SHB 1832||Concerning the electrification of the Washington public vehicle fleet.||H Trans||Macri|
|SHB 2042||Advancing green transportation adoption.||H Finance||Fey|
|HB 2156||Investing in quality prekindergarten, K-12, and postsecondary opportunities throughout Washington with excise taxes on sales and extraordinary profits of high valued assets.||H Finance||Jinkins|
|HB 2157||Updating the Washington tax structure to address the needs of Washingtonians.||H Finance||Tarleton|
|Concerning the tax treatment of renewable natural gas.||S Environment, E||King|
|Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future.||H Passed 3rd||Carlyle|
|Concerning the capital budget.||S Rules 2||Frockt|
|Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations.||S Ways & Means||Rolfes|
|Concerning net metering.||H Passed 3rd||Palumbo|
|SSB 5588||Authorizing the production, distribution, and sale of renewable hydrogen.||Del to Gov||Hawkins|
|Concerning use of industrial waste through industrial symbioses.||H Approps||Brown|
|SB 5981||Implementing a greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade program.||S Environment, E||Carlyle|
|SB 6000||Relating to state general obligation bonds and related accounts.||S Ways & Means||Frockt|
|SB 6001||Relating to the capital budget.||S Ways & Means||Frockt|
|SB 6002||Relating to the capital budget.||S Ways & Means||Frockt|
|SB 6003||Relating to state government.||S Ways & Means||Rolfes|
|SB 6004||Relating to fiscal matters.||S Ways & Means||Rolfes|
|SB 6005||Relating to revenue.||S Ways & Means||Rolfes|
|SB 6006||Relating to education.||S Ways & Means||Rolfes|
|SHB 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 Approps||Slatter|
|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|
|Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future.||H Approps||Tarleton|
|SHB 1226||Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future.||H Finance||DeBolt|
|SHB 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 Rules C||Doglio|
|Advancing electric transportation.||H Env & Energy||Slatter|
|Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience.||H Rules C||Doglio|
|Concerning net metering.||H Env & Energy||Mead|
|HB 1984||Ensuring that attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state do not make Washington’s agricultural products and food processing businesses economically uncompetitive, thereby shifting emissions to jurisdictions without similar greenhouse gas policies.||H Env & Energy||Maycumber|
|Concerning use of industrial waste through industrial symbioses.||H Env & Energy||Doglio|
|Concerning appliance efficiency standards.||S Rules X||Carlyle|
|SB 5118||Concerning the right to consume self-generated electricity.||S Rules X||Palumbo|
|Concerning energy efficiency.||S Rules X||Carlyle|
|Advancing electric transportation.||S Ways & Means||Palumbo|
|Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.||S Environment, E||Salda?a|
|SB 5629||Promoting small modular reactors in Washington.||S Environment, E||Brown|
|Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience.||S Environment, E||Palumbo|
|Reducing emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and clean car program.||H Env & Energy||Nguyen|
|SB 5980||Relating to greenhouse gas emissions.||S Environment, E||Honeyford|