Hello Climate Action Team!
849: Climate calls made to legislators!
411: Climate comments left on bills!
1261: Climate emails sent to legislators!
2521: total legislator contacts made by the Civic Action Team in 2020!
So where are we? With last Friday’s cut-off, some newer bills have fallen by the wayside. Those with fiscal implications have until the end of day tomorrow to be voted out of financial committees. And by next Wednesday, Feb 19, all bills need to have passed their chamber of origin in order to continue. It’s crunch time!
This committee worked a long day on Saturday, and has a busy day again today, but here are two bills that need to be voted out by Tuesday, February 11. It’s a long shot — but these are important bills that should be passed this year!
Buy Clean, Buy Fair, SHB 2744
This bill starts to decarbonize the building sector by establishing standards for the carbon intensity of building materials. It caps their use for large state construction projects and reduces the cap over time.
Commercial Property and Clean Energy Resilience, SHB 2405
This bill introduces a financial mechanism that makes it easier for property owners to invest in energy efficiency. It’s a smart way to address the need to retrofit legacy buildings.
Please contact the Chair and 1st & 2nd Vice Chairs of the House Appropriations Committee and ask that they move these bills forward. Please note — they worked hard on Saturday and have a heavy schedule today. We can be sympathetic!
Chair, Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-03) — (360) 786-7946 — Timm.Ormsby@leg.wa.gov
1st Vice Chair, Rep. June Robinson (D-38) — (360) 786-7864 — June.Robinson@leg.wa.gov
2nd Vice Chair, Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-11) — (360) 786-7862 — Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov
Time sensitive script (should happen as early on Monday morning as possible): Hello, I saw that over 40 bills had public hearings in the House Appropriations Committee this past Saturday and I appreciate the work of the committee. I’m calling to draw attention to two important bills that improve our building sector. SHB 2744, Buy Clean, Buy Fair needs to be scheduled for a hearing and a vote in the Appropriations Committee, and SHB 2405, Commercial Property and Clean Energy Resilience still needs to be scheduled for a vote. Please ask Rep [Name] to prioritize these bills — they are important bills that should be passed this year. Thank you for all your work!
Rules Committee, Second Reading
Meanwhile, on the Senate side, the following two bills are in the Rules Committee and have been placed on “Second Reading,” which means they’re ready to be “pulled” to the Senate floor for a vote. So let’s ask key committee members to help make that happen!
Offshore Oil, SB 6432
This bill would ban offshore oil drilling — and the infrastructure needed to support it! Let’s remind two cosponsors of the bill (who are also on the Rules Committee) to pull the bill from Rules and bring it to the floor.
Script: Hello, I’d like to thank Senator [Name] for cosponsoring SB 6432, which bans offshore oil drilling. I’m calling to ask Senator [Name] to pull the bill from Rules and bring it to the floor. Thank you.”
GHG Emissions (Clean Air Rule), SB 6628
This bill responds to a recent Supreme Court ruling by specifying that Ecology has the authority to regulate direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases. Let’s remind two cosponsors of the bill (who are also on the Rules Committee) to pull the bill from Rules and bring it to the floor.
Script: Hello, I’d like to thank Senator [Name] for cosponsoring SB 6628, which fixes the Clean Air Rule. I’d like to ask that she/he pull this important bill from Rules and bring it to the floor. Thank you.”
Thanks for your hard work! And as always, please let us know what you did.
— Katherine, David and Selden, for the 350 WA Civic Action Team
PS – Inaugural Clean and Abundant Waters Lobby Day
Tuesday, February 25th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. More information on how to register here!