Natural Resources bills could be alive until the end budget negotiations

The Marbled Murrelet study bill passed off the Senate floor Friday morning with a vote of 35 to 14. HB 2285 establishes an advisory group under the Commissioner of Public Lands at DNR to study the impacts of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan. The Senate amended the bill so the House must now concur with the changes.

ESSB 6140 is still waiting in House Rules.  The bill includes language requiring DNR to review and evaluate trust land regarding compliance with the state’s fiduciary responsibility to trust beneficiaries. There is funding provided in the Senate budget so the bill is necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) and can be pulled onto the floor at any time.

Laura first became involved in government as a city council member for the city of Newport Washington and later became a County Commissioner in Pend Oreille County. She served for 6 years and represented the region on statewide and national boards. Laura and her family moved to Olympia in November of 2012 and she has worked for WSAC for four years doing policy work on natural resources, land use and environmental issues.