2021 Washington State Legislative Session Report- Week 6

Week Six

Week six is now complete and the Legislature continues to move through the virtual legislative process. Monday was the policy committee cutoff, meaning bills must have been voted out of their policy committees in order to stay alive this session. The next deadline is the fiscal committee cutoff on Monday, February 22nd. This is where all bills with fiscal impacts must be voted out of their respective fiscal committees to stay alive. All bills deemed necessary to implement the budget are not subject to cutoffs. Following the Monday fiscal cutoff legislators will primarily spend the next two weeks on the floor voting on bills until the March 9th House of Origin deadline. 

On Monday Senate and House Democratic leadership held a press conference where they discussed the virtual session and answered questions from the media. Speaker Laurie Jinkins mentioned that this year there have been about half of the number of bills introduced compared to a normal session and that those bills are primarily focused on the key  priorities of the legislature; covid-19 relief, budget, equity/police reform, and climate change. Rep. Sullivan stated that the House plans to schedule around 15 bills per day for floor action over the next two weeks. 

The priority of the legislature continues to be COVID-19 relief and recovery. On Friday Governor Inslee signed HB 1368, which appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding that has been allocated to states in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This bill included $714 million in assistance for K-12 schools and $618 million for public health’s response to COVID, including testing, investigation and contact tracing; and funding for vaccination efforts. The legislation takes effect immediately.

This week House Republicans released their version of the 2021-2023 budget. Their proposal does not include any new taxes and includes roughly $608M in fund transfers and other revenue assumptions. The proposal also appropriates $1.8B from the state’s rainy-day fund to pay for a series of one-time, COVID-19 related expenses. You can read more about their proposal here. We should see the House and Senate Democratic budget proposals around mid-March. 


Several revenue proposals continue to move through the legislative process and it is unclear at this point which ones will rise to the top. Senator June Robinson’s capital gains tax proposal, SB 5096, was voted out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday and could potentially see action in the coming weeks. 

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

The low carbon fuel standard legislation from Representative Fitzgibbon, HB 1091, has continued to move through the House.  A hearing in the House Transportation committee was held on Tuesday, February 16th, with executive session on Friday, February 19th with a do pass recommendation.  Additionally, the Senate Environment & Energy committee held a work session on Friday, February 19th (linked here) regarding the updated draft of Senator Carlyle’s Cap & Invest bill, SB 5126

Decarbonization of buildings legislation brought forth by Representative Ramel (HB 1084) had a hearing in the House Appropriations committee on Wednesday, February 17th.  We also continue to monitor the HEAL Act legislation from Senator Saldana concerning implementing recommendations from the environmental justice task force.  A hearing was held on Wednesday in the Senate Ways & Means committee, with executive action taken on Friday with a do pass recommendation given.

Representative Lekanoff introduced a green bonds bill last week, HB 1513.  This proposal aims to reduce carbon emissions by levying a carbon pollution tax.  While we are not yet sure what will happen with this legislation, we will continue to track.

The House Capital Budget committee heard HB 1280 on Wednesday, February 17th followed by executive action on Friday the 19th.  This legislation from Representative Ramel would set requirements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in public facilities design.

Also moving through the House is HB 1393.  Following executive action taken on this proposal last week, this legislation related to delaying the stewardship plan and annual report for solar panel manufacturers has moved to the House Rules committee where it can be pulled to the floor at any time for a vote.

Clean Tech Alliance Bill Status & Upcoming Events Report

Upcoming Events

Appropriations (House) – Virtual, – 2/22 @ 9:00am

  1. SHB 1084 – Exec Session – Reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings.

Transportation (House) – Virtual, – 2/22 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1204 – Exec Session – Concerning the electrification of transportation.

Environment, Energy & Technology (Senate) – Virtual, – 2/25 @ 8:00am

  • SB 5126 – Exec Session – Concerning the Washington climate commitment act.

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
2SHB 1050Fluorinated gasesReducing greenhouse gas emissions from fluorinated gases.H 2nd ReadingFitzgibbon
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
SHB 1084 (SB 5093)Building decarbonizationReducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings.H AppropsRamel
2SHB 1091 (SB 5231)Transportation fuel/carbonReducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.H Exec ActionFitzgibbon
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
SHB 1103 (SB 5366)Building materialsImproving environmental and social outcomes with the production of building materials.H AppropsDuerr
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 Rules RShewmake
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
HB 1513Carbon emissionsImproving environmental health by reducing carbon emissions through increasing climate resilience and mitigating the effects of climate change by levying a carbon pollution tax, authorizing a climate finance bond program, and investing in clean economic growth.H Env & EnergyLekanoff
HB 1534Carbon pollution taxEstablishing a carbon pollution tax that recognizes the nature of energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries.H Env & EnergyShewmake
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 (SHB 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 WMDPSWilson
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 (2SHB 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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