Climate- and energy-related bills in the WA State Legislature that the League of Women Voters supports:
HB 1113 Aligns Washington State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals with the 2015 Paris Agreement and current climate change science assessments.
HB 1597 Integrates the natural gas upstream emissions rate and global warming potential rule into other environmental and energy laws.
HB 1999 Reducing emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and clean car program.
HB 2248/ SB 6223 Expanding equitable access to benefits of renewable energy through community solar projects.Provides needed resources to enhance participation, and provide benefits lower income communities in community solar projects UPDATE: HB 2248 had Hearing Jan. 16 in House Environment and Energy. SB 6223 will have Hearing Jan. 22, 8am in Senate Environment, Energy & Technology.
HB 2287 Rail Safety. A joint transportation committee shall oversee a consultant study on rail safety governance best practices for Washington state, both for passenger and freight, and consider the national transportation safety board’s recommendations following the 2017 accident report. Bill addresses significant problem of train derailments that jeopardizes lives, and can cause fires and water pollution. UPDATE: Had hearing Jan. 15 in House Transportation.
HB 2379 Sulfur hexafluoride emission reduction
HB 2472 Incorporating GHG measurements from fossil fuels in state environmental laws
SB 5811 Zero Emission Vehicles. Reducing emissions by changing the clean car standards and program. Authorizes the Department of Ecology (DOE) to adopt California zero emission vehicle program regulations. Expands the types of vehicles required to meet California standards to include medium duty vehicles. Gasoline cars are the single biggest source of carbon pollution in Washington. To make the big cuts in carbon we need, we must make the transition from fossil fuel cars to cleaner alternatives. UPDATE: Passed out of Senate Rules 26-23, referred to House Environment and Energy.
SB 5947 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program.
SB 6135 System reliability under the Clean Energy Transformation Act (100%). Requires Department of Ecology submit a report regarding electrical grid reliability every four years. Good idea!
Bills the League opposes:
HB 1984 Designates food processing facilities as EIT for purposes of limiting GHG emissions
HB 1985 Regulatory relief from GHG rules for agriculture and food products.
Bills the League is watching:
HB 2415 Special district elections.