2020 WA Legislative Session Weekly Report 3

Boswell Consulting

February 1, 2020: Week 3

Analysis by CleanTech Alliance lobbyist Brad Boswell

We are now three weeks into the eight week 2020 legislative session and the whirlwind of committee hearings and votes, and intermittent chamber-wide action has yet to slow down. Next Friday, February 7th, is the first official deadline for bills to be passed out of their original policy committee, as well as the half-way point of this 60 day session. 

Legislators went back to the drawing board this week to address implementation challenges with legislation that imposed a B&O tax on services to fund higher education, which was introduced and swiftly passed at the end of the 2019 session. The bill originally imposed a 1.5% surcharge on of a variety of business service sectors. The Senate passed a “fix” bill late Thursday that increased the surcharge to 1.75% but reduced the number of service sectors affected. They believe this will cover the gap in the spending and projected revenue of the original bill. 


The Low Carbon Fuel Standard legislation, HB 1110, a priority of the Governor’s office for the second year in a row, also passed out of the House on Thursday by a close vote of 52-44. The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration, which is where it stalled last session. 


A new tax proposal (HB 2907) was introduced on Wednesday by a Seattle Democrat that would authorize counties with a population of over two million to impose 0.1% to 0.2% tax on businesses with employees who earn at least $150,000 a year. The population threshold in the bill would only include King County and the money raised would have to be spent on homelessness, affordable housing, and behavioral health services. This proposal is clearly a follow-up to the controversial head tax passed and then later repealed by the Seattle City Council in 2018. Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan and King County Executive, Dow Constantine have expressed their support for the proposal and are taking the lead on pushing the issue with business leaders. Introduction of the bill has created a buzz on campus and in the media and  stakeholders are still trying to analyze the effects in order to take a position on the bill before its scheduled hearing next Tuesday.


Transportation Chair, Senator Hobbs, released his proposed 2021 transportation package, Forward Washington, late this week. The package assumes, if enacted, either a carbon tax or cap and trade/invest program to provide revenue for myriad proposed transportation projects. There will be a work session with public comment on it next Wednesday in the Senate Transportation committee.

There is a hearing this week on SB 6628, legislation that would allow the Department of Ecology to regulate indirect emissions, in response to the recent WA Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Air Act. Watch the full hearing here. The bill is scheduled for executive session next Friday.

Senator Carlyle’s Cap and Invest proposal, SB 5981, which has not seen any action throughout the interim or so far this session, has been scheduled for a testimony next Tuesday. The new striking amendment to the bill that will be heard next week is now available here.

Upcoming Hearings

Environment & Energy (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 2/3 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 2892 – Public Hearing – Authorizing the department of ecology to regulate greenhouse gas emissions associated with persons who produce or distribute fossil fuel products that emit greenhouse gases in Washington.

Appropriations (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 2/3 @ 3:30pm

  • SHB 2311 – Public Hearing – Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.

Environment, Energy & Technology (Senate) – SHR 1, JACB – 2/4 @ 10:00am

  • SB 5981 – Public Hearing – Implementing a greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade program. (Hearing is on the Draft Proposed Substitute.)

Environment & Energy (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 2/4 @ 3:30pm

  • HB 2248 – Exec Session – Expanding equitable access to the benefits of renewable energy through community solar projects.
  • HB 2586 – Exec Session – Concerning the electrification of homes and buildings.
  • HB 2892 – Exec Session – Authorizing the department of ecology to regulate greenhouse gas emissions associated with persons who produce or distribute fossil fuel products that emit greenhouse gases in Washington.

Environment, Energy & Technology (Senate) – SHR 1, JACB – 2/6 @ 10:00am

  • SB 6135 – Exec Session – Concerning system reliability under the clean energy transformation act.
  • SB 6628 – Exec Session – Concerning emissions of greenhouse gases.

Finance (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 2/6 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 2486 – Public Hearing – Extending the electric marine battery incentive.

Finance (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 2/7 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 2486 – Exec Session – Extending the electric marine battery incentive.

Bill Status

High Priority Bills

No bills.

Medium Priority Bills

No bills.

Low Priority Bills

No bills.

Monitoring Bills

Bill # Title Status Sponsor Position
SHB 1226 Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future. H Finance DeBolt  

Other Bills

Bill # Title Status Sponsor Position
E2SHB 1110 Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels. S Environment, En Fitzgibbon  
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  
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 & Energy Slatter  
SHB 1796 Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience. H Local Govt Doglio  
SHB 1832 Concerning the electrification of the Washington public vehicle fleet. H Trans Macri  
HB 1862
(E2SSB 5223)
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  
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 Approps 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 Ramel  
HB 2652 Concerning renewable ammonia. H RDev, Ag&NR Doglio  
HB 2756 Concerning advanced metering infrastructure. H Env & Energy Shea  
HB 2892 Authorizing the department of ecology to regulate greenhouse gas emissions associated with persons who produce or distribute fossil fuel products that emit greenhouse gases in Washington. H Env & Energy Fitzgibbon  
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 Carlyle  
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
(SHB 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  
SB 6628 Concerning emissions of greenhouse gases. S Environment, E Carlyle  

Dead Bills

No bills.

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