Hello, CarbonWA friends: Thanks for tuning in for another chapter in the carbon tax saga!
Carbon Tax Passes Ways and Means Committee (!)
The carbon tax bill that we’ve been supporting, SB 6203, passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday evening. While this vote contained fewer fireworks than the Environment Committee session, it was no less important. You can watch the executive session here.
This vote comes on the heels of our virtual lobby day which we are confident had a positive impact. A huge thank you to the 25 volunteer phonebankers who helped us generate over 1,000 recruitment calls, resulting in many hundreds of constituent calls to legislators urging them to take action on climate and put a price on carbon!
The next step for the carbon tax is the Rules Committee, which can also accept amendments and send the bill to the Senate floor. If the bill passes out of the Senate, it has to repeat the process in the House unless it gets wrapped up in the budget process which plays by expedited rules. At this point, we can’t say what the ultimate fate of the bill will be.
Other Legislative Movement
Unfortunately, the low carbon fuel standard which we supported, HB 2338, appears dead for this year as it was not able to get a vote out of the House. However, the biochar effort we are spearheading, HJ 4014, passed the House unanimously and had a hearing in the Senate. Another bill that would update the state’s greenhouse gas targets, HB 1144, also passed out of the House and had its first hearing in the Senate, where we supported it as well. An at-times controversial clean electricity bill, SB 6253 appears to be dead but a related bill in the House that updates the Renewable Portfolio Standard, HB 2995, is still alive.
Happy Hour & Climate Action Events
February 28th Happy Hour: Join CarbonWA staff and volunteers for a happy hour on Wednesday February 28th at Blue Star Cafe & Pub in Seattle. We’ll be there from 6-8 (and maybe a little later) discussing the legislative session and all things climate. Check out the Facebook event here.
March 1st ACT NOW: CarbonWA and ACT NOW are hosting our next legislative strategy call. Want to get involved in the session or get the latest scoop on the prospects for climate action? Get the call-in information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
March 8th: Session ends. It’s a short one – so be sure to keep up with our newsletters for the latest to stay in the loop!
In The News!
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The CarbonWA Team