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Legislative Update – Week 3

Sound Transit’s revenue package, HB 1180 (Fey), was heard in the House this past week with county leaders from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties testifying in support. The bill is scheduled for executive action on Monday.

HB 1593 (McBride), revising transportation benefit district funding options, is scheduled for hearing on 2/4. The bill increases the councilmanic vehicle fee from $20 to $50 or alternatively allows adoption of a .2% sales tax. The bill also addresses formation of a TBD less than county wide when TBDs have already been established and adopted a vehicle fee. Similarly HB 1757 (Fey) allows up to $50 councilmanic vehicle fee, but not the .2% sales alternate.

SB 5628 (Honeyford) provides funding for storm water, flood control, and water supply infrastructure through adoption of a graduated parcel fee starting at $35. It is anticipated that new fee will generate $3.5 billion over fifteen years. The bill requires voter approval before the fee can be imposed.

HB 1851 (Hayes) was introduced to streamline permitting for locally owned structurally obsolete bridges. The language in the bill mirrors language in HB 1219 which streamlines permitting for state owned bridges. Both bills exempt projects from SEPA requirements. The bills do not exempt projects from hydraulic project approval requirements. HB 1219 has been heard, while HB 1851 has not yet been scheduled.

HB 1318 (Fey), which increases the deficit reimbursement for county ferries is scheduled for executive action in the House Transportation Committee. The bill raises the reimbursement amount from $1 million to $1.8 million. The reimbursement amount comes off the top of the motor vehicle fuel tax distribution to counties.

A list of bills being tracked can be found here

Please contact Gary Rowe if you would like more information about any bills.