Although rumors are running rampant about what to expect for legislation dealing with natural resources and the environment, very little has materialized in the form of actual filed bills to date.

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Here is a short list of some of the legislation I’m tracking:

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  • HB 1037 – Allowing the Use of Chemicals to Prevent the Decline of Aquaculture.  This bill would allow the use of imidacloprid to control burrowing shrimp that is threatening the state’s shellfish industry along the Pacific coast.
  • SB 5077 – Banning Single Use Plastic Straws.  This bill proposes to prohibit the sale and distribution of plastic beverage straws statewide beginning July 1, 2020.

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Other notable legislation that has yet to be filed but we’re likely to see during this session includes a bill that would ban plastic grocery bags statewide.  The solid waste managers (WACSWM) have also spent substantial time reviewing and commenting on an agency-request bill from Ecology that would create a new “recycling development center” to address the issues we’re all experiencing with the current state of recycling markets (or lack thereof).  I’ll have more details on those bills once they are filed and become official.

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Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention HB 1061.  This bill designates the Pacific Razor Clam as the official state clam and served as the inspiration for today’s post headline.  While some of you may think it’s a little “shellfish” to choose one clam over another as our state’s official binary valved mollusk remember this: it’s going to be a long session and we should really just focus on digging in and trying to stay “clam” as long as we can.