The 2013 regular legislative session, which concludes today, featured the advancement of several issues identified as key priorities of Washington’s environmental community.
- New-energy solutions and environmental improvement
- Senate Bill 5802 convenes a legislative task force to examine the most cost-effective means to improve the state’s environment and further the advancement of clean-energy technologies.
- Senate Bill 5603 establishes the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council to serve as an advisory body and forum for communication on marine-water issues and ocean acidification.
- Conservation works
- Senate Bill 5296 would establish the Environmental Legacy Stewardship Account to refocus the state’s toxic-cleanup program on the renewal of contaminated lands and prevention of future hazards. The bill was passed by the Senate and is now before the House of Representatives for further consideration. Because it is considered necessary to implement the Senate budget, it will remain in consideration during the forthcoming special session.
- Stormwater projects – the Senate budget proposals include over $100 million in funding for stormwater projects across the state. Read more…