January 14, 2016
The Puget Sound Partnership's Legislative Update highlights issues related to our region's work to protect and recover Puget Sound.
- The 105-day 2017 regular Legislative Session runs from January 9 to April 23, 2017.
- Puget Sound Legislative Updates are posted on the Partnership's website.
- Find up-to-date legislative information online.
- Watch or listen to hearings and work sessions online.
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If you have questions or concerns about the legislative priorities for the Puget Sound Partnership, please contact: Jeff Parsons, Legislative Policy Director, 360.999.3803.
The 65th Legislature convened at noon January 9 with
opening ceremonies. Legislative committee action began in earnest following
Governor Inslee’s state of the state address on January 11. You can watch the
address on TVW at http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017011032
Many of the standing committees that consider proposed legislation
affecting Puget Sound recovery and protection are spending these first few
weeks conducting work sessions to learn more about their committee-specific
topics. Work sessions we attended this past week included those addressing:
- The capital and operating budgets (House
Appropriations and Capital Budget committees and Senate Ways & Means
Washington’s Wild Future Initiative (House
Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee)
- Permitting of hydraulic projects (House
Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee)
Of particular interest to us next week are the following work
- Update on Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) program funding and
cleanup activities (House Environment Committee and Senate Energy and
Environment & Telecommunications Committee). The MTCA program funds
hazardous waste cleanup through a tax on the wholesale value of hazardous
substances. Through MTCA, many contaminated sites in Puget Sound have been
cleaned up that would otherwise have continued to leak toxins into Puget
Sound. MTCA also provides for prevention of toxic pollution.
- Briefing from the Recreational and Conservation Office on the State of the Salmon in Watersheds 2016
report (House Natural Resources & Parks Committee). The report
summarizes the condition of salmon populations statewide, including those
of Puget Sound.
- Briefing on the legislatively mandated Water Infrastructure Report,
a presentation of the Governor's Local Government Infrastructure Proposal,
and an overview of local government infrastructure (House Local Government
Committee). A significant portion of the polluted stormwater entering
Puget Sound results from antiquated or inadequate stormwater
infrastructure. One of the top legislative priorities of the Puget Sound
Partnership is to support policies and laws that help to prevent such
Committee meetings are always open to the public and many are
aired on TVW. Information
about committee membership and meeting agendas is posted on the Washington
State Legislature website.
Although work sessions are an important part of committee work
during these first few weeks of legislative session, bills are also beginning
to receive public hearings and move through committees. Several bills that
could affect Puget Sound protection and recovery have been introduced. Our legislative
interest statement guides our interests in proposed bills. Bills
that we are closely monitoring include the following:
HB 1077. Establishing rules for motorized suction dredge mining in
rivers and streams equal to other hydraulic projects by modifying a
hydraulic project approval exemption.
HB 1106. Regulating water pollution discharges from motorized
mineral prospecting activities.
SB 5002. Requiring certain water banks to
replace leased water rights provided for mitigation with water rights that will
be permanently available.
SB 5003. Clarifying the authority of the
Department of Ecology regarding minimum flows.
SB 5005. Identifying certain water rights
held by municipal water suppliers as water rights available for municipal water
SB 5010. Promoting water conservation by
protecting certain water rights from relinquishment.
HB 1009. Clarifying that the authority to mitigate
environmental impacts under the state environmental policy act applies only to
significant adverse environmental impacts.
HB 1013. Reducing overlap between the state
environmental policy act and other laws.
HB 1014. Establishing
a peer review process to ensure robust economic analysis of department of
ecology administrative rules.
Promoting the completion of environmental impact statements within 2 years.
Nineteen members of the House of Representatives are co-sponsoring
the Partnership’s agency request legislation that would reduce the frequency of updates to the Puget Sound
Action Agenda Implementation Strategies and the Biennial Science Work Plan from
once every two years to once every four years. The bill, HB 1121, will receive
a public hearing next Thursday in the House Environment Committee. The main
focus of the bill is to create a more efficient and cost-effective planning
cycle that accommodates implementation of larger projects and programs more
likely to influence progress toward the region’s recovery performance targets.
The 2017 Legislative Session ushers in many new members to
both the House and Senate. Here’s an overview.
HOUSE WELCOMES 18 FRESHMAN MEMBERS
District 1. Shelley
Kloba (D) was elected to the seat previously held by Luis Moscoso, who ran
unsuccessfully for District 1 Senator.
District 5. Paul Graves (R) was
elected to the seat previously held by Chad Magendanz, who ran unsuccessfully
for District 5 Senator.
District 6. Mike Volz (R) was
elected to the seat previously held by Kevin Parker, who did not run for
District 12. Mike Steele (R) was
elected to the seat previously held by Brad Hawkins, who ran successfully for
District 12 Senator.
District 16. William (Bill) Jenkin
(R) was elected to the seat previously held by Maureen Walsh, who ran
successfully for District 16 Senator.
District 17. Vicki Kraft (R) was
elected to the seat previously held by Lynda Wilson, who ran successfully for
District 17 Senator.
District 19. Jim Walsh (R) was
elected to the seat previously held by JD Rossetti (D), who was defeated in the
primary by Teresa Purcell (D), who Walsh faced in the election.
22. Laurie Dolan (D) was elected to the seat previously held by Chris Reykdahl,
who successfully ran for the nonpartisan position of Washington Superintendent
of Public Instruction in the 2016 election.
District 22. Beth Doglio (D) was
elected to the seat previously held by Sam Hunt, who was elected as District 22
District 24. Mike Chapman (D) was
elected to the seat previously held by Kevin Van De Wege, who was elected as
District 24 Senator.
District 25. Joyce McDonald (R)
was elected to the seat previously held by Hans Zeiger, who was elected as
District 25 Senator.
District 30. Mike Pellicciotti (D)
defeated incumbent Linda Kochmar (R).
District 30. Kristine Reeves (D)
defeated incumbent Teri Hickel (R).
District 31. Morgan Irwin (R) was
appointed to replace Phil Fortunato, who was appointed to replace Pam Roach in
District 39. John Koster (R) was
elected to the seat previously held by Elizabeth Scott, who did not seek
District 43. Nicole Macri (D) was
elected to the seat previously held by Brady Walkinshaw, who ran unsuccessfully
for U.S. Representative of the 7th Congressional District.
District 48. Vandanna Slatter (D) was appointed to
replace Patty Kuderer, who moved to the Senate to fill the seat vacated by
Cyrus Habib, elected to Lt. Governor.
District 49. Monica Jurado Stonier
(D) was elected to the seat previously held by Jim Moeller, who ran
unsuccessfully for U.S. Representative of the 3rd Congressional
SENATE WELCOMES 11 NEW MEMBERS
District 1. Guy Palumbo (D)
replaced Rosemary McAuliffe, who did not seek re-election.
District 12. Brad Hawkins (R)
replaced Linda Evans Parlette, who did not seek re-election.
District 16. Maureen Walsh (R)
replaced Mike Hewitt, who did not seek re-election.
District 17. Lynda Wilson (R)
replaced Don Benton, who did not seek re-election.
District 22. Sam Hunt (D)
replaced Karen Fraser who ran unsuccessfully for state Lieutenant Governor.
District 24. Kevin Van De Wege (D)
replaced Jim Hargrove, who did not seek re-election.
District 25. Hans Zeiger (R)
replaced Bruce Dammeier, who was elected to Pierce County Executive.
District 31. Phil Fortunato (R)
was appointed in January to replace Pam Roach, who was elected to the Pierce
District 41. Lisa Wellman (D)
defeated incumbent Steve Litzow.
District 37. Rebecca Saldana (D)
was appointed this month to replace Pramila Jayapal, who was elected as U.S.
Representative of the 7th Congressional District, a seat left vacant
when Jim McDermott did not seek re-election.
District 48. Patty Kuderer (D)
was appointed in January by the King County Council to replace Cyrus Habib, who
was elected Lt. Governor.