House Bill 1307 would have required the departments of natural resources, fish and wildlife, ecology, and agriculture “to demonstrate the use of peer reviewed science before or simultaneous with taking a significant agency action.”
It was passed out of the Environment committee on February 10 and sent to Ways & Means on Feb 15. No further action has been or will be taken. A companion bill in the Senate (SB 5644) never made it out of the Environment, Water & Energy committee, chaired by Phil Rockefeller.
Why did such sensible legislation die in committee? Because state agencies testified that it would cost $20 million to implement from 2011-2017 and the state is broke. As a result, environmental regulations will continue to be based on “best available science” which includes term papers by college students, masters theses, consultant reports and “grey literature” created by the agencies themselves.