Hello Climate Action Team!
1615: Climate calls made to legislators!
932: Climate comments left on bills!
2570: Climate emails sent to legislators!
5117: total legislator contacts made by the Civic Action Team in 2020!
9: Days left in the legislative session!
We’re now in the home stretch with a big cut-off looming on Friday at 5pm when bills must be voted off the floor. Ready to do some heavy lifting? Great!
House bills ready for a Senate floor vote
Here are two climate-related House bills ready for a floor vote in the Senate. Suction Dredge Mining protects salmon by regulating the awful practice of suction dredge mining, and Aircraft Noise Abatement provides mitigations for airport noise.
Please call these Senate Majority leaders and ask that these bills receive a floor vote:
Majority Leader, Sen. Andy Billig (D-03) — (360) 786-7604 — Andy.Billig@leg.wa.gov
Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Marko Liias (D-21) — (360) 786-7640 — Marko.Liias@leg.wa.gov
Script : “Hello, I’m calling Senator [Name] because of his role in Senate leadership and I have two bills that I would like to see receive a floor vote. May I give you the bill numbers?”
Next let’s make sure that four bills in the Senate Rules Committee get moved to the floor…
House bills that need to be “pulled” to the Senate floor
Several House bills that you’ve promoted during these last weeks need your attention one more time! Natural Gas Transmission incentivizes utilities to fix methane leaks (duh!), GHG Emission Limits aligns our state’s reduction targets with current science, Commercial Property Clean Energy encourages energy efficiency retrofits of existing commercial buildings, and Urban and Community Forestry benefits impacted communities.
Please call and write these members of the Senate Rules Committee and request that these bills be pulled for a floor vote:
Vice Chair, Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33) — (360) 786-7664 — Karen.Keiser@leg.wa.gov
Sen. John McCoy (D-38) — (360) 786-7674 — John.McCoy@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-48) — (360) 786-7694 — Patty.Kuderer@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-43) — (360) 786-7628 — Jamie.Pedersen@leg.wa.gov
Script : “Hello, I’m calling Senator [Name] because they sit on the Rules Committee. There are several bills that haven’t been pulled to the House floor for a vote yet and it’s very important that they pass this session. May I give you the bill numbers?”
- HB 2518, Natural Gas Transmission
- HB 2311, Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
- HB 2405, Commercial Property Clean Energy (C-PACER)
- HB 2768, Urban and Community Forestry
Now, let your Senator know these bills need to pass before Friday’s cut-off. Click on each bill link below, verify your address (which can take two clicks on some devices), and ask your Senator to Please support this bill with your vote on the Senate floor . (Asking for a response gets a bit more attention.)
Suction Dredge Mining, HB 1261
Aircraft Noise Abatement, HB 1847
Natural Gas Transmission, HB 2518
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits, HB 2311
Commercial Property Clean Energy (C-PACER), HB 2405
Urban and Community Forestry, HB 2768
There, doesn’t that feel great? Now let’s do the bills in the other chamber…
Senate bills ready for a House floor vote
Here are three significant Senate bills that are ready for a vote on the House floor: Clean Car Standards makes more electric cars available, Sustainable Farms and Fields establishes a grant program for farmers sequestering carbon, and Accessory Dwelling Units increases affordable housing options.
Please call and write these House Majority leaders to ask that these three bills receive a floor vote:
Majority Leader, Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-47) — (360) 786-7858 — Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov
Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Monica Jurado Stonier (D-49) — (360) 786-7872 — Monica.Stonier@leg.wa.gov
Script : “Hello, I’m calling Representative [Name] because of his/her role in House leadership and I have three bills that I would like to see receive a floor vote. May I give you the bill numbers?”
- SB 5811, Clean Car Standards (Zero Emission Vehicles)
- SB 5947, Sustainable Farms and Fields
- SB 6617, Accessory Dwelling Units
Next, let’s make sure these two bills get moved to the floor…
Bills that need to be “pulled” to the House floor
Here are two bills ready to be pulled to the House floor calendar, one banning offshore drilling and a new version of the Clean Air Rule Authority bill, arguably the most impactful climate bill of the session.
Please call and write these members of the House Rules Committee and request that these bills be pulled for a floor vote:
Rep. Noel Frame (D-36) — (360) 786-7814 — Noel.Frame@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Tina Orwall (D-33) — (360) 786-7834 — Tina.Orwall@leg.wa.gov
Script : “Hello, I’m calling Rep. [Name] because they sit on the Rules Committee. There are two bills that haven’t been pulled to the House floor for a vote yet, and it’s very important that they move forward. May I give you the bill numbers?”
Now let’s tell our Reps these five bills need to pass before Friday’s cut-off.
Click on the bill numbers below, verify your address, and ask both of your Representatives to Please support this bill with your vote on the House floor . (Asking for a response gets a bit more attention.)
Clean Car Standard (Zero Emission Vehicles), SB 5811
Sustainable Farms and Fields, SB 5947
Accessory Dwelling Units, SB 6617
Off-Shore Oil Extraction, SB 6432
Indirect Greenhouse Gases (Clean Air Authority), HB 2957
Last but not least, SB 5323 , Banning Single Use Plastic Bags , needs a final push. Click here , verify your address and ask both of your Representatives, Please support this bill and contact House Finance Chair Gael Tarleton to move the bill to the floor. (Asking for a response gets a bit more attention.)
Thanks for your hard work for these last weeks! And as always, please let us know what you did!
— Selden, David, and Katherine for the 350 WA Civic Action Team.
PS. So are we done?? Not quite! We expect some late-breaking opportunities next week to support bills exempt from this week’s cut-off. So don’t collapse from exhaustion just yet!