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Senate Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing, Plans Action on Carbon Tax

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on February 15 held a hearing on SB 6203, the governor’s carbon tax bill, and action in executive session is pending. The bill had been passed with changes by the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, which reduced the tax from $20 a ton to $10 a ton. See home page blog for more information on the hearing.

If you want to write to senators on the Ways and Means Committee to urge passage, use the list below. Click on the name(s) of senators to go to their web pages with information on their district and a link to email forms.

Committee Members

Senator Room Phone
Rolfes, Christine (D)
303 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7644
Frockt, David (D)
Vice Chair
227 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7690
Braun, John (R)
Ranking Member
403A Legislative Building (360) 786-7638
Honeyford, Jim (R)
Assistant Ranking Member
112 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7684
Bailey, Barbara (R) 407 Legislative Building (360) 786-7618
Becker, Randi (R) 316 Legislative Building (360) 786-7602
Billig, Andy (D) 412 Legislative Building (360) 786-7604
Brown, Sharon (R) 202 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7614
Carlyle, Reuven (D) 233 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7670
Conway, Steve (D) 241 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7656
Darneille, Jeannie (D) 237 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7652
Fain, Joe (R) 416 Legislative Building (360) 786-7692
Hasegawa, Bob (D) 223 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7616
Hunt, Sam (D) 405 Legislative Building (360) 786-7642
Keiser, Karen (D) 219 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7664
Mullet, Mark (D) 415 Legislative Building (360) 786-7608
Palumbo, Guy (D) 402 Legislative Building (360) 786-7600
Pedersen, Jamie (D) 235 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7628
Ranker, Kevin (D) 215 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7678
Rivers, Ann (R) 204 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7634
Schoesler, Mark (R) 314 Legislative Building (360) 786-7620
Van De Wege, Kevin (D) 212 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7646
Wagoner, Keith (R) 109B Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7676
Warnick, Judy (R) 103 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7624

Clean Transportation Bill is Pending

 HB 2328  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 Energy, Environment and Technology is sitting on Bill 6098 – the companion bill to House 2328.  Sen Ranker and Hunt are sponsors.  Carlyle, Chair (D)Palumbo, Vice Chair (D)EricksenBrownHawkins; HobbsMcCoyRankerSheldonWellman are on the committee.

Please contact Legislators to pass this legislation.