Mar 14: Best Available Science, Legislative Action House Bill 1113

Act Now! Send an email asking legislators to vote for 2013 House Bill 1113: Concerning standards for the use of science to support public policy. Tell them — It’s time for the Dept. of Ecology to base significant agency action on peer-reviewed science, not educated guesses, or pure speculation.

Introduced by Rep. Shelly Short, (R-Addy) (R) on January 16, 2013, requires the Department of Ecology, in managing its water quality and shorelands and environmental assistance programs, identify and publish to the public peer-reviewed literature, if applicable, as well as any scientific literature or other sources of information used before taking any significant agency action.

Passed 96 to 0 in the House on February 22, 2013, requires the Department of Ecology to identify the peer-reviewed science, scientific literature, and other sources of information being relied upon before taking significant agency action related to certain agency programs. Received in the Senate on February 25, 2013.

Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment & Telecommunications, Mar 14 at 1:30 PM.

Send your comments to the committee via this online comment tool. You will be asked to include your name and address. This seems reasonable, since the legislature is more interested in citizen input than spam.

Or, you can send individual emails to the following senators. They are members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment & Telecommunications.

Ericksen, Doug (R) Chair

Sheldon, Tim (D) Vice Chair

Ranker, Kevin (D) (Ranking Member)

Billig, Andy (D)

Brown, Sharon (R)

Chase, Maralyn (D)

Cleveland, Annette (D)

Honeyford, Jim (R)

Litzow, Steve (R)

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