Peer Reviewed Science Bill Dies

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.



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