What is the Legislature up to?

They’re baaaaaaaaaack. In addition to major budget issues, our elected representatives are considering the following bills which should be of interest to landowners and water users in Washington:


House Bill 2162: Addressing appeal and permit procedures under the shoreline management act
Introduced by Rep. Dean Takko, (D-Longview) (D) on December 9, 2011, authorizes development activity outside of a shoreland area before final action has been taken on a related shorelines appeal, as long as the local government finds that the work is not inconsistent with any requirement of the applicable shorelines master plan.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142175


House Bill 2166: Creating an additional fee on the sale of solid fuel burning devices
Introduced by Rep. Zack Hudgins, (D-Tukwila) (D) on December 9, 2011, creates an additional fee of $15 dollars, in addition to the current fee of $30, on the retail sale of each solid fuel burning device. This act takes effect July 1, 2012.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142179


Senate Bill 6011: Charging an application fee for hydraulic project permits
Introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, (D-San Juan Island) (D) on January 9, 2012, creates a $150 application fee to the department of fish and wildlife (DFW) for hydraulic project permits. Emergency permit applications and applications for projects done in conjunction with DFW are exempt. The fees collected will be put in a designated account and used only for the processing of the permit applications. This act applies only prospectively, unless an applicant modifies its existing application after the passing of this act, then the fee will apply. This act declares an emergency and takes effect January 1, 2012. Companion Bill: HB 2135.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142343


Senate Bill 6014: Concerning the management of storm water discharging to marine waters
Introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, (D-San Juan Island) (D) on January 9, 2012, requires the Department of Ecology to submit a report to the Legislature by September 1, 2012, that includes a summary and update of actions being taken related to the regulation and discharge of storm water into the State’s marine waters, along with any legislative recommendations.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142346


Senate Bill 6016: Concerning shoreline management
Introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, (D-San Juan Island) (D) on January 9, 2012, requires the Department of Ecology to submit a report to the Legislature by September 1, 2012, that includes a summary and update of actions being taken related to the Shoreline Management Act, along with any legislative recommendations.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142348


Senate Bill 6018: Regarding the siting of small alternative energy resource facilities
Introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, (D-San Juan Island) (D) on January 9, 2012, authorizes local government entities to issue site permits for small alternative energy resource facilities. This act creates guidelines and requirements for the issuance of such permits.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142350


Senate Bill 6018: Regarding the siting of small alternative energy resource facilities
Introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, (D-San Juan Island) (D) on January 9, 2012, authorizes local government entities to issue site permits for small alternative energy resource facilities. This act creates guidelines and requirements for the issuance of such permits.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142350


Senate Bill 6028: Regarding irrigation permits to promote the production of biofuel crops and organic crops along the Columbia and Snake rivers
Introduced by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on January 9, 2012, requires the Department of Ecology (DOE) to issue irrigation permits for biofuel crop irrigation and organic crop irrigation along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The permits will provide for an annual allocation of 100,000 acre feet of water. This act also prohibits DOE from denying or conditioning such a permit on the grounds that the denial or condition is necessary to satisfy the instream flow or no net loss requirements. Companion Bill: HB 2192.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142360


House Bill 2212: Extending the expiration date of certain water rights
Introduced by Rep. Brian Blake, (D-Aberdeen) (D) on January 9, 2011, extends the expiration date for the Department of Ecology to enter into voluntary regional agreements for the purpose new water for out-of-stream use from the Lower Snake River mainstem and the Columbia River mainstem until June 30, 2018.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142386


House Bill 2213: Modifying certain definitions for the purpose of firefighting services for unprotected lands
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Chandler, (R-Granger) (R) on January 9, 2011, includes land with bridges or agricultural structures in the definition of “improved property” that is eligible for firefighting services for unprotected lands.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142387


House Bill 2214: Concerning the regional management of mammalian apex predators
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Chandler, (R-Granger) (R) on January 9, 2011, modifies current law regarding the listing of mammalian apex predators as endangered under the State’s Endangered Species Act. This act requires the Fish and Wildlife Commission to suspend any management plan for a mammalian apex predator if that species is not also federally listed for protection, or if the federal management plan does not also include the entirety of the region deemed necessary for protection under the State’s management plan. Examples of mammalian apex predators include brown bears, gray wolves and coyotes.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142388


Senate Bill 6044: Concerning the supply of water by public utility districts bordered by the Columbia river to be used in, or power from, pumped storage projects
Introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford, (R-Sunnyside) (R) on January 9, 2011, authorizes public utility districts that border the Columbia River to supply any electric energy from a pumped storage generating facility, or water under its control to be used in a pumped storage generating facility, to any entity that sells electric energy or water, directly or indirectly, to the public. This act requires the contracts for such sales extend over the period of years and contain the terms and conditions for the sale as the commission of the public utility district elects. This act takes effect immediately.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142383


House Bill 2232: Establishing a government-to-government relationship between state government and federally recognized Indian tribes
Introduced by Rep. John McCoy, (D-Tulalip) (D) on January 9, 2012, directs state agencies to make reasonable efforts at working with federally-recognized Indian tribes on policies and programs that affect them. This act requires state agencies to have a designated tribal liaison to act as a go-between for the agency and Indian tribes. State agencies must annually report to the Governor on their involvement with Indian tribes. This act directs the Governor and state officials to meet yearly with tribal leaders.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142436


House Bill 2238: Regarding wetlands mitigation Introduced by Rep. J.T. Wilcox, (R-Yelm) (R) on January 9, 2012, this act permits developers to fulfill their required compensatory mitigation to offset the environmental impact of a project by making a monetary payment determined by state environmental agencies. This act creates a “riparian and aquatic resources enhancement account” into which such payments shall be made. The fund shall be used to support state ecosystem and conservation programs at the discretion of the Forest Practices Board
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142445


House Bill 2267: Concerning traditional and alternative sewer systems
Introduced by Rep. Jan Angel, (R – Port Orchard) (R) on January 10, 2012, authorizes counties and cities to construct alternative or traditional sewer systems inside and outside of urban growth boundaries to serve all areas located within their geographical boundaries. This act also requires the State Board of Health and Department of Ecology to promote construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of alternative on or off-site sanitary sewer systems or services, and to identify and remove barriers and regulations that prevent or otherwise impede the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of such sewer systems.
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142529

Our thanks to Norm MacLeod for passing along this information culled from the Washington Votes website. 

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