The following article was compiled by the Lens staff.
Each week the Lens staff puts together a compilation of bills important to the business community and tracks their movement through the legislature.
SB 6091 (Van De Wege) would address negative effects stemming from the 2016 Supreme Court Hirst decision. The bill would permit well owners to use up to 400 gallons of well-drawn water for indoor use per day and would allow local governments to rely on certain rules while satisfying Growth Management Act (GMA) requirements for protecting groundwater. Read More. On January 11, the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee approved the legislation and sent it to the Rules Committee.
SB 6203 is Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to place a $20-per-ton tax on carbon emissions, expected to raise $3.3 billion for the state over the next four years. Read More. The bill is scheduled for a January 16 public hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology.
Public School Job Training Proposal
ESHB 1660 (Santos) would better match Washington state public school students with work-integrated and apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of career paths. Read More. The bill received a public hearing on January 9 in front of the House Education Committee and is scheduled for executive action on January 18.
Rural, High-Demand Jobs Program
HB 2177 (Chapman) would create the Rural County High Employer Demand Jobs Program which would provide the equivalent of one year of full-time study at a Community and Technical College (CTC) in rural counties of the state. Read More. The bill received a public hearing on January 10 in front of the House Higher Education Committee and is scheduled for executive action on January 17.
HB 2357 (Reeves) would enable drivers to set up semi-annual or quarterly payment plans for their motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) owed to Sound Transit as part of ST3. Read More. The bill received a January 11 public hearing of the House Transportation Committee and is scheduled for executive action January 17.
SB 6186 (Palumbo) would require local governments to adjust their planning documents if population trends don’t match projections. Read More. The bill is scheduled for a January 18 public hearing of the Senate Local Government Committee.
Public Land Management
HB 2175 (Maycumber) would exempt certain land-use practices employed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from requiring an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Read More. The bill received a January 9 public hearing of the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources and is scheduled for executive action January 17.