2020 WA Legislative Session Weekly Report 2

Boswell Consulting

January 25, 2020: Week Two

Analysis by CleanTech Alliance lobbyist Brad Boswell

Week two in Olympia continued week one’s flurry of committee hearings and steady flow of new bills. This is already proving to be a record-breaking year in terms of the sheer amount of legislation introduced, particularly for a short session. These hundreds of bills, along with legislation still alive from the 2019 Session, have just two more weeks to make it out of their initial policy committee, the first cutoff date being Friday, February 7th. Bills with a fiscal impact have until February 11th to move out of their respective fiscal committee. Public hearings will continue next week, however legislator’s attention will be largely on voting bills out of committee. 

Of note this week, two robust proposals to improve accessibility and affordability of early childhood care and education programs for families were heard. Legislators have indicated that funding these programs is a priority for the upcoming budget cycle. 

Public hearings were held on a number of controversial policy proposals, drawing significant crowds and news coverage, notably a permanent statewide ban on flavored vape and sex education reform policy. Several gun bills will were also heard including proposals related to high capacity magazine restriction, assault rifles, and concealed pistol training.

Hearings were held in both the House and Senate this week on the C-PACER legislation, HB 2405 and SB 6222.  A wide array of stakeholders testified in support of the bills, while the County Treasurers remained opposed. The House bill passed out of committee with several amendments on Friday.

Also of note, the Governor’s latest climate bill, SHB 2311, which updates state greenhouse gas emission targets, was voted out of committee on Thursday on party lines with a number of changes.

We have not seen any carbon pricing proposals yet, however Sen. Carlyle and Sen. Hobbs are reportedly working together on a new draft that may be introduced this session, although it is still likely a 2021 bill.

Sen. Carlyle did, however, introduce SB 6628 on Friday. Language is not yet available but it is Governor request legislation related to greenhouse gas emissions. It is scheduled for a hearing next Wednesday. It is reportedly in response to the recent WA Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Air Act and will authorize Ecology to regulate indirect emissions. Rep. Fitzgibbon is expected to introduce a House companion as well.

Upcoming Hearings

Environment & Energy (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 1/27 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 2586 – Public Hearing – Concerning the electrification of homes and buildings.

Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 1/31 @ 10:00am

  • HB 2652 – Exec Session – Concerning renewable ammonia.

Bill Status

Bill #Title Status Sponsor Position
SHB 1226 Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future. H Finance DeBolt  
Bill # Title Status Sponsor Position
E2SHB 1110 Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels. H Rules 3C Fitzgibbon  
SHB 1113Amending 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 AppropsSlatter  
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  
2SHB 1211 Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future. H Approps Tarleton  
HB 1397 Encouraging the use of electric or hybrid-electric aircraft for regional air travel. H Rules X Slatter  
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  
HB 1664 (2SSB 5336) Advancing electric transportation.H Env & EnergySlatter  
SHB 1796 Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience.H Local GovtDoglio
SHB 1832 Concerning the electrification of the Washington public vehicle fleet. H Trans Macri  
HB 1862
(E2SSB 5223)
Concerning net metering.H Env & EnergyMead  
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  
HB 2079
(SSB 5936)
Concerning use of industrial waste through industrial symbioses. H Env & Energy Doglio  
SHB 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 Rules X Jinkins  
2SHB 2157 Updating the Washington tax structure to address the needs of Washingtonians. H Rules X Tarleton  
HB 2248
(SB 6223)
Expanding equitable access to the benefits of renewable energy through community solar projects. H Env & Energy Doglio  
SHB 2311 Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science. H ENVIDPS Slatter  
HB 2322
(SB 6497)
Making supplemental transportation appropriations for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium. H Trans Fey  
HB 2324
(SB 6248)
Concerning the capital budget. H Cap Budget Tharinger  
HB 2325
(SB 6168)
Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations. H Approps Ormsby  
HB 2486
(SB 6318)
Extending the electric marine battery incentive. H Finance Lekanoff  
HB 2495 Concerning the use of electricity from energy recovery facilities using municipal solid waste under the Washington clean energy transformation act. H Env & Energy Shewmake  
HB 2515 Concerning the electrification of transportation. H Trans Macri  
HB 2586
(SB 6496)
Concerning the electrification of homes and buildings. H Env & Energy    
HB 2652 Concerning renewable ammonia. H RDev, Ag&NR Doglio  
HB 2756 Concerning advanced metering infrastructure. H Env & Energy Shea  
SB 5108
(HB 1070)
Concerning the tax treatment of renewable natural gas. S Environment, E King  
2SSB 5115 Concerning appliance efficiency standards. S Rules X Carlyle  
SB 5118 Concerning the right to consume self-generated electricity. S Rules X Palumbo  
SSB 5134 Concerning the capital budget. S Rules X Frockt  
SB 5153
(ESHB 1109)
Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations. S Ways & Means Rolfes  
2SSB 5293 Concerning energy efficiency. S Rules X Carlyle  
2SSB 5336 Advancing electric transportation. S Ways & Means Palumbo  
SB 5412
(E2SHB 1110)
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  
SB 5730
(SHB 1796)
Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience. S Environment, E Palumbo  
SB 5811
(HB 1999)
Reducing emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and clean car program. H Env & Energy Nguyen  
SSB 5936 Concerning use of industrial waste through industrial symbioses. S Rules 3 Brown  
SB 5980 Relating to greenhouse gas emissions. S Environment, E Honeyford  
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 6005 Relating to revenue. S Ways & Means Rolfes  
SB 6006 Relating to education. S Ways & Means Rolfes  
SB 6135 Concerning system reliability under the clean energy transformation act. S Environment, E Sheldon  
SB 6168
(HB 2325)
Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations. S Ways & Means Rolfes  
SB 6222
(HB 2405)
Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience. S Environment, E Lovelett  
SB 6223
(HB 2248)
Expanding equitable access to the benefits of renewable energy through community solar projects. S Environment, E Lovelett  
SB 6248
(HB 2324)
Concerning the capital budget. S Ways & Means Frockt  
SB 6272
(SHB 2311)
Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science. S Environment, E Das  
SB 6318
(HB 2486)
Extending the electric marine battery incentive. S Transportation Liias  
SB 6496
(HB 2586)
Concerning the electrification of homes and buildings. S Environment, E Lovelett  

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