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Transportation and Public Works Legislative Update – Week 4

After the  cutoff for policy-related bills last Friday, several bills from last session and this session are dead.  The cut-off for fiscal bills is tomorrow, February 6th, so any bills not receiving a hearing or being moved out of committee will likewise be dead for the session.

Rep. Wilcox’s bill to fund fish barrier removals, SHB 2902, has not been heard by the House Appropriations Committee.  The committee heard bills over the weekend, so it appears this bill may not move forward.  Your feedback to the committee chair asking for a hearing could possibly change that, so please contact Rep. Ormsby and let him know how important funding for fish barrier removal is to counties.

Senator Takko’s bill, SSB 6490,  that allows GMA opt-in counties to adopt REET 2 councilmanically, has been passed on to the Rules Committee for consideration.  There are eight counties that would benefit from this bill, with a potential revenue of about $10 million.  If you need more information on it, please contact me.

Rep. Saldana’s bill, 2SSB 6529, regarding pesticide application notification, has been turned into a study bill.  A committee will be formed with a requirement to issue a report by November, 2018.  While no specific local government representative is required, the bill allows the committee to form an advisory committee of affected interests.

HB 2896, which codifies the 2015 Connecting Washington allocations to CRAB. FMSIB, and TIB, has been heard and is scheduled for executive action by the House Transportation Committee on 2/6.  The companion bill in the Senate has not moved forward.

2SHB 1332, concerning dangerous objects on county roads and bridges, allows a county remove an item from adjacent property that poses an imminent threat.  The bill has been passed to the Rules Committee for further consideration.

SSB 6203, Governor Inslee’s carbon tax request legislation, has been referred to Senate Ways & Means but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.  The substitute bill establishes a carbon tax at $10 per metric ton – Governor Inslee proposed $20/metric ton – with funding going to a number of programs including fish passage barriers.  Fish passage barrier funding is allocated by the Department of Ecology for state-owned barriers and local barriers recommended by the fish passage barrier removal board.

Bills being tracked can be found here.

If you have any questions about legislation, please contact Gary Rowe at growe@wsac.org