16
Feb

Reforming WDFW Payments In-Lieu of Taxes

Significant progress (so far) has been made this session in reshaping the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Payments In-Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for counties. In 2015, a coalition consisting of WSAC, several member counties receiving WDFW PILT, several conservation groups like The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Lands, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and others, joined with WDFW

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11
Feb

Recycling in Focus for Legislature

Several strategies to effectively manage the challenges local and statewide recycling programs are facing related to China’s “National Sword” Policy are front and center this legislative session. We’ve already discussed a couple of these proposals, including a ban on single-use plastic straws (SB 5077), a ban on certain types of single-use plastic shopping bags (HB 1205 and SSB 5323), and

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11
Feb

Land Use Legislation on the Move

This week was very active with several bills being heard in committee and several moving on to the next stage of the process.  The annexation-related bills discussed in last week’s blog were both voted out of the House Local Government Committee (HB 1357 and HB 1598) although HB 1357 was significantly amended.  The amendment included removal of the exemption piece which

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3
Feb

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis in SEPA

This week the Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) considered HB 1549/SB 5561, proposed legislation directing the Department of Ecology to adopt a rule governing the evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions as part of SEPA.  The legislation was put forward by the Washington Public Ports Association to better define an issue that is increasingly a subject of costly litigation resulting from project

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