Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) Clears Committee

Good News!  On 16 Feb House/Senate bill HB 1783 (Legal Financial Obligation reform) passed out of Senate Law and Justice Committee and was sent to Ways and Means with a Do Pass vote.  This bill  has already cleared the House in 2018.

This is a critical juncture for the bill and the people affected.  These reforms help people rebuild their lives at the most critical – post release- times.  A list of the Ways and Means Committee members is below with contact links. Click on the …

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Tax Equity: Legislators Propose Capital Gains Tax

A number of legislators – Representatives Lytton, Dolan, Wylie, Frame, Valdez, Pollet, Doglio, Santos, and Macri, have introduced House Bill 2967.  The title of the bill is “Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state’s tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief.” The description of the bill, as provided by the committee staff: HB 2967 (1) Imposes a tax of 7 percent on long-term capital gains; (2) Provides a mechanism to reduce the state property tax levy …

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Oil Transportation Safety Bill 6269 Hearing

On February 15, the Senate Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on Oil Transportation Safety Bill 6269. SSB 6269 proposes to increase the oil spill tax by 2 cents per barrel and apply it to pipelines as well as railroads and vessels. It would raise $1.7 million in the 2018-19 biennium, and $2.7 million in the 2020-1 biennium. The proposal directs the Department of Ecology (ECY) to report on vessel safety in the Salish Sea and hold a forum with tribes and Canada.. ECY …

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Senate Ways and Means Committee holds hearing on Carbon Tax Bill 6203


The Senate Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on February 15 on SSB 6203, the governor’s carbon tax bill modified by the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. The tax of $12 a ton of carbon dioxide will apply at refineries and utilities. Some exemptions, e.g. energy intensive trade exposed (EITE) industries, and agriculture uses, reduce its effect on emissions. Fifty percent of revenue would go to renewable energy (including 10% for affected communities), 20% to water projects, 15% to a job transition account …

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House Passes GHG Limit Law

The Washington State House passed HB 1144, the greenhouse gas (GHG) limit bill that builds on RCW 70.235, the previous GHG limit law. Previously, the legislature had set limits of 25% below 1990 levels by 2035, and 50% below by 2050. HB 1144 sets new limits: 40% lower in 2035 and 80% lower in 2050. In part, this is in compliance with a court case brought by Nature’s Trust on behalf of children facing a bleak future with climate change.

The vote in the house was …

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Capital Gains Tax Bill Hearing

The House Finance Committee will hold a hearing Friday, February 16, on Rep. Kristine Lytton’s (D-Anacortes) bill (HB 2967), which would lower property taxes by imposing a capital gains tax. Good coverage today in Seattle Times (pp. B1-B2).

Capital Gains Tax

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LFO Bill Advances – Action Needed

LFO: Legal Financial Obligations

After a day of hearing testimony from grieving moms, learned judges, and faith groups (including a Catholic Bishop and UU Voices and Justice not Jails) – the Senate Law and Justice Committee decided to schedule a vote on Bill 1783 for 15Feb.  This is hopeful, since the bill has already passed through the House this session.

Now is the time to contact your Senator.  Every call and eMail counts – especially if one of the Senators is from your district, to encourage this …

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Senate Committee Approves Carbon Tax

The WA State Senate Energy, Environment, and Technology committee passed Bill 6203 on February 1, 2018.  This is a Carbon Pollution Tax requested by Gov Inslee.

The bill was heavily modified from the original, but does provide a starting point for further discussion in Ways and Means, and then perhaps out to the floor.  Many industries were effective in creating exemptions/carve outs/loop holes, but I guess that is just part of the process.

Could this be the “tidal shift” that will move us forward along with our …

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Clean Transportation Bill Passes House Committee

On 1 February  2018, the House Environmental Committee passed HB 2328.  UU Voices testified in favor of this bill on 18 January. The bill adopts California’ vehicle emission standards, and requires manufacturers to target sales of Zero Emission Vehicles (think electric powered cars) to state residents.  California won a court case to set their own standards for emissions, and Washington can adopt those standards. This is an important step in creating the “green wall” along the West coast along with Oregon and California,

The Washington Senate …

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Emissions Reductions Bill Approved by Committee

HB 1144, a bill that modifies state greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, moving from 25 percent below 1990 levels to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2035, and from 50 percent below 1990 levels to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, was approved by the House Appropriations Committee. The significance of this bill is that it would enhance Washington State commitments under a law passed in 2008, and it responds to a court case brought by children under Nature’s Trust auspices. If enacted, it …

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