Hirst Fix Legislation
SB 6091 (Van De Wege) would address negative effects stemming from the 2016 Supreme Court Hirst decision. Under the measure, well owners would be able 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 18, the Senate President signed the measure and the House Speaker approved the measure the following day.
Washington Tourism Marketing Authority
SB 5251 (Takko) would create the Washington Tourism Marketing Authority to manage statewide tourism efforts. The measure would require 0.2 percent of retail sales tax on lodging, car rentals and restaurants to fund the implementation of the statewide tourism marketing plan. Read More. On January 18, the Senate Economic Development and International Trade Committee heard testimony on the bill, approved the measure and sent it to Ways and Means.
Career and College Readiness
HB 1600 (Santos) would create the work-integrated learning demonstration pilot project for public school students. The legislation would assist those students in finding apprenticeship programs with public- and private-sector employers. Read More. On January 18, the House Education Committee approved the measure unanimously.
Harbor Maintenance Tax Reform
HJM 4012 (Dent) asks Congress to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) so that it does not competitively disadvantage U.S. ports. The measure would also request that Congress give back more tax revenue to “donor” ports. Read More. HJM 4012 received its first public hearing on January 17 in front of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee and is scheduled for possible executive session next week.
Rural Jobs Program
HB 2177 (Chapman) would create the Rural County High Employer Demand Jobs program. The measure would provide eligible students tuition and fees equivalent to one year of full-time study at Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs). Read More. On January 17, the House Higher Education Committee approved the bill and referred it to Appropriations.
HB 2740 (Fitzgibbon) would work to address the ongoing implications of the 2016 Washington Supreme Court Hirst decision. The bill would allow local governments to rely on Department of Ecology’s instream flow rules for proving adequate water supply under Growth Management Act (GMA) planning. Read More. On January 16, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee heard public testimony on the bill.
SB 6301 (O’Ban) would require that Sound Transit Board members be directly elected by voters rather than appointed by the three county councils after being nominated by the county executives. It is scheduled for a public hearing of the Senate Transportation Committee on January 24.
SB 6303 (O’Ban) would revise Sound Transit’s vehicle value calculation method for ST3 from a 1990s depreciation schedule to Kelley Blue Book. Read more. It is scheduled for a public hearing of the Senate Transportation Committee on January 24.
HB 2393 (Vick) would lower the B&O manufacturing tax rate to 0.2904 percent, the same rate given to Boeing. Read more. It has been referred to House Finance Committee, but no further action is planned at this time.
SB 6203 (Carlyle) would impose a $20-per-ton tax on carbon emitted by fossil fuel and electricity, beginning in July 2019. Read more. Revenue would go to carbon reduction projects, among other things. It received a public hearing January 16 in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology, but no further action is scheduled.
SB 6186 (Palumbo) would require local governments to adjust their planning documents if population trends don’t match projections. Read More. The bill received a January 18 public hearing of the Senate Local Government Committee, but no further action is yet planned.
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