2021 Washington State Legislative Session Report- Week 4

Source: Brad Boswell, February 6, 2021

Week Four

The fourth week of the 2021 Legislative Session is now complete.  Just one week remains until the first cutoff of February 15th, when all bills that are not necessary to implement the budget must be out of their respective policy committee in order to stay alive this session.

The Democrat’s COVID-19 relief package, HB 1368, continues to move quickly through the process. This week the bill was heard and passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is now in Rules where it can be pulled to the floor at any time for a vote. The bill appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding from a combination of the federal Consolidated Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, and Medicaid for K-12 public schools, public health, healthcare, assistance to individuals and families, housing assistance, and business assistance

Other priority bills moving through the legislative process include HB 1095 sponsored by Rep. Amy Walen which would exempt qualifying grants related to a national or state emergency proclamation from state excise taxes and SB 5272 which waives certain liquor and cannabis board annual licensing fees. 

This week in the House Finance Committee there was a hearing on HB 1406  brought forward by Rep. Frame. The bill establishes a 1 percent wealth tax on intangible financial assets of more than $1 billion. The proposal was heard right after HB 1297, the working families tax credit which was originally passed in 2008 but has never been funded by the state. Frame’s proposed new wealth tax is intended to fund, among other things, Washington’s tax-rebate program for low-income working people


There were several new revenue proposals introduced this week. Representative Gregerson introduced HB 1450, a tax on wireless devices that connect to the internet to support and fund the procurement of learning devices for public schools. Rep Gregerson also introduced, HB 1460, an excise tax on telecommunication services to fund the expansion of the universal service programs in Washington. Also this week the House introduced their own capital gains tax, HB 1496, sponsored by Rep. Senn. This is the highly anticipated bill that creates a funding mechanism for Senn’s proposal, HB 1213, that expands access to childcare and early childhood education.

Important Dates:

 Feb 15 – House of Origin Policy Cutoff

 Feb 22 – House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff

 March 9 – House of Origin Floor Cutoff

 March 26 – Opposite House Policy Cutoff

 April 2 – Opposite House Fiscal Cutoff April 11 – Opposite House Floor Cutoff April 25 – Sine Die

Representative Fitzgibbon’s low carbon fuel standard legislation, HB 1091, has continued to move through the House.  After being voted out of the House Environment committee, it is now scheduled for executive session in the House Appropriations committee on Tuesday, February 9th.  We continue to monitor Senator Carlyle’s Cap & Invest bill, SB 5126, as it has yet to move towards executive action.


The Governor’s decarbonization of buildings proposal (HB 1084) is scheduled for executive session next week in the House Environment & Energy committee.  Legislation from Senator Saldana, known as the HEAL Act, would implement recommendations of the environmental justice task force.  SB 5141 is scheduled to move out of committee on Tuesday, February 9th.

We still have not seen any actual legislation for the transportation packages however both the House and Senate have assumed some sort of carbon-based revenue stream within their tools to pay for the package.

The House Environment and Energy committee took executive action on HB 1280 occurred this Thursday, February 4th in the House Environment & Energy committee.  This proposal sets requirements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in public facilities design, and was voted out of committee with a do pass recommendation (8-5).  

The House Environment & Energy committee held a public hearing on HB 1393 this Friday, February 5th.  This proposal was brought forward by Representative Shewmake, and would delay the stewardship plan and annual report for solar panel manufacturers.   It appears that this bill will continue to move through the House.

Clean Tech Alliance Bill Status & Upcoming Events Report

Upcoming Events

Appropriations (House) – Virtual, – 2/8 @ 3:30pm

  • SHB 1050 – Public Hearing – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fluorinated gases. (Remote testimony.)

Environment & Energy (House) – Virtual, – 2/9 @ 8:00am

  • HB 1084 – Exec Session – Reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings.
  • HB 1393 – Exec Session – Delaying certain implementation dates for the photovoltaic module stewardship and takeback program.

Environment, Energy & Technology (Senate) – Virtual, – 2/9 @ 10:30am

  • SB 5415 – Public Hearing – Concerning the energy facility site evaluation council. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.) (Remote testimony.)

Capital Budget (House) – Virtual, – 2/9 @ 1:30pm

Appropriations (House) – Virtual, – 2/9 @ 3:30pm

  • HB 1091 – Exec Session – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.

Environment & Energy (House) – Virtual, – 2/11 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1084 – Exec Session – Reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings.
  • HB 1393 – Exec Session – Delaying certain implementation dates for the photovoltaic module stewardship and takeback program.

Appropriations (House) – Virtual, – 2/11 @ 3:30pm

  • SHB 1050 – Exec Session – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fluorinated gases.

Environment & Energy (House) – Virtual, – 2/12 @ 10:00am

  • HB 1084 – Exec Session – Reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings.
  • HB 1393 – Exec Session – Delaying certain implementation dates for the photovoltaic module stewardship and takeback program.

Bill #Abbrev. TitleShort DescriptionStatusSponsor
HB 1036Transportation fuel/carbonReducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.H Env & EnergyFitzgibbon
HB 1046Community solar programsConcerning community solar programs.H Env & EnergyBateman
SHB 1050Fluorinated gasesReducing greenhouse gas emissions from fluorinated gases.H AppropsFitzgibbon
HB 1080 (SB 5083)Capital budget 2021-2023Concerning the capital budget.H Cap BudgetTharinger
HB 1081 (SB 5084)State gen. obligation bondsConcerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts.H Cap BudgetTharinger
HB 1084 (SB 5093)Building decarbonizationReducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings.H Env & EnergyRamel
SHB 1091 (SB 5231)Transportation fuel/carbonReducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.H AppropsFitzgibbon
HB 1093 (SB 5091)Operating budget, 2nd supp.Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental operating appropriations.H AppropsOrmsby
HB 1094 (SB 5092)Operating budget 2021-2023Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations.H AppropsOrmsby
HB 1103 (SB 5366)Building materialsImproving environmental and social outcomes with the production of building materials.H Cap BudgetDuerr
HB 1125Energy investmentsIncentivizing investment in energy conservation and efficiency measures and expanding opportunities for energy rate discounts to, among other objectives, reduce the energy burden of low-income customers and vulnerable populations.H Env & EnergyShewmake
HB 1130Energy supply/consumersConcerning consumer affordability and reliability in energy supply.H Env & EnergyDye
HB 1135 (SB 5165)Transp. budget 2021-2023Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.H TransportationFey
HB 1204 (SB 5256)Transp. electrificationConcerning the electrification of transportation.H TransportationMacri
HB 1393Photovoltaic module programDelaying certain implementation dates for the photovoltaic module stewardship and takeback program.H Env & EnergyShewmake
HB 1406 (SB 5426)Wealth taxImproving the equity of Washington state’s tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets.H FinanceFrame
SB 5083 (HB 1080)Capital budget 2021-2023Concerning the capital budget.S Ways & MeansFrockt
SB 5084 (HB 1081)State gen. obligation bondsConcerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts.S Ways & MeansFrockt
SB 5091 (HB 1093)Operating budget, 2nd supp.Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental operating appropriations.S Ways & MeansRolfes
SB 5092 (HB 1094)Operating budget 2021-2023Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations.S Ways & MeansRolfes
SB 5093 (HB 1084)Building decarbonizationReducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings.S Environment, ELiias
SB 5126Climate commitment actConcerning the Washington climate commitment act.S Environment, ECarlyle
SB 5165 (HB 1135)Transp. budget 2021-2023Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.S TransportationHobbs
SB 5168Electric utility advisoryConcerning renewable and nonemitting resources analysis and advisory opinions.S Environment, EShort
SSB 5174Wind turbine blade recyclingProviding for the recycling of wind turbine blades.S Ways & MeansWilson
SB 5206Energy facility evaluationEliminating expedited processing of an alternative energy resource facility fueled by solar energy on certain designated lands before the energy facility site evaluation council.S Environment, EWarnick
SB 5231 (SHB 1091)Transportation fuel/carbonReducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.S Environment, EStanford
SB 5244Nuclear reactor productionEncouraging the production of advanced nuclear reactors, small modular reactors, and components through the invest in Washington act.S Environment, EBrown
SB 5256 (HB 1204)Transp. electrificationConcerning the electrification of transportation.S Environment, ELiias
SB 5308Hybrid vehicle feesReducing certain transportation electrification fees on hybrid vehicles.S TransportationShort
SB 5373Carbon pollutionConcerning carbon pollution.S Environment, ELovelett
SB 5415Energy facil site eval cnclConcerning the energy facility site evaluation council.S Environment, ELovelett

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