Legisletter – February 22, 2019

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Week Six
Today is Friday, February 22, and is the first major cutoff date of the 2019 legislative session. This is the day that policy bills must move out of their committee of origin or they are technically considered dead for session. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as bills that are considered necessary to implement the budget.
We have been sharing with you since the first week of session that this year has been a tough one for those who care about farmers and agricultural issues. As we work to represent your issues here in Olympia, the battle lines are wider and more intense than we have seen in many years.
As we move into this next phase of the legislative, we are going to need your help. Urban legislators need to know that farmers are paying attention and are not going to sit idly by why votes are taken on bills that threaten our very livelihood.
Please stand ready to send messages to legislators on key issues.
You will be seeing action alerts coming your way soon. We ask that you take a moment to call or send an email to a particular group of legislators at key decision moments. We know your time is valuable, so we will only send alerts when action is truly needed.
Here is an example of the bills on our tracking list that made it out of committee prior to today’s cutoff deadline:

High Priority Bills

Bill #
Abbrev. Title
Short Description
Status
Sponsor
Position
SHB 1110 (SB 5412)
Greenhouse gas/transp. fuels
Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
H Approps
Fitzgibbon
Oppose
HB 1172(SB 5314)
Capital gains tax/prop. tax
Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state’s tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief.
H Finance
Santos
Oppose
SHB 1194(SSB 5135)
Toxic pollution
Preventing toxic pollution that affects public health or the environment.
H Approps
Doglio
Oppose
HB 1343(SB 5129)
Revenue
Increasing revenues for the support of state government.
H Finance
Tarleton
Oppose
HB 1398(SSB 5438)
H-2A agricultural program
Concerning the H-2A temporary agricultural program.
H Labor & Workpl
Dolan
Oppose
SHB 1498(SSB 5511)
Broadband service
Expanding affordable, resilient broadband service to enable economic development, public safety, health care, and education in Washington’s communities.
H Approps
Hudgins
Support
DFW dog training, nonlethal
Establishing a department of fish and wildlife directed nonlethal program for the purpose of training dogs.
H Rules R
Blake
Support
Chinook abundance
Implementing recommendations of the southern resident killer whale task force related to increasing chinook abundance.
H Approps
Fitzgibbon
Oppose
HB 1841(SB 5877)
Crew size on certain trains
Establishing minimum crew size on certain trains.
H Rules R
Riccelli
Oppose
Ag. crop damage by wildlife
Concerning wildlife damage to agricultural crops.
Eslick
Support
HB 1889(SB 5136)
Water infrastructure program
Establishing the water infrastructure program.
H Cap Budget
Dye
Support
Statewide wolf recovery
Addressing statewide wolf recovery.
H RDev, Ag&NR
Kretz
Support
HB 2117(SB 5973)
State tax structure
Providing a pathway to modernize and rebalance the Washington state tax structure so that it is equitable, adequate, stable, and transparent for the people of Washington state.
H Finance
Frame
Oppose
SB 5129(HB 1343)
Revenue
Increasing revenues for the support of state government. Gov’s Cap Gains
S Ways & Means
Rolfes
Oppose
SSB 5135(SHB 1194)
Toxic pollution
Preventing toxic pollution that affects public health or the environment.
S Ways & Means
Rolfes
Oppose
SB 5136(HB 1889)
Water infrastructure program
Establishing the water infrastructure program.
S Ag/Water/Natura
Honeyford
Support
SB 5314(HB 1172)
Capital gains tax/prop. tax
Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state’s tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief.
S Ways & Means
Wellman
Oppose
SB 5412(SHB 1110)
Greenhouse gas/transp. fuels
Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
S Environment, E
Salda?a
Oppose
SSB 5438 (HB 1398)
Ag & seasonal workforce srv
Establishing the office of agricultural and seasonal workforce services within the employment security department.
S Ways & Means
McCoy
Oppose
SSB 5511(SHB 1498)
Broadband service
Expanding affordable, resilient broadband service to enable economic development, public safety, health care, and education in Washington’s communities.
S Ways & Means
Wellman
Support
Orca whales/habitat & fish
Implementing recommendations of the southern resident killer whale task force related to increasing habitat and forage fish abundance.
S Ag/Water/Natur
Rolfes
Oppose
Elk fencing pilot project
Establishing a pilot project to test elk fencing.
S Ag/Water/Natur
Wagoner
Support
Agricultural supply chains
Creating transparency in agricultural supply chains.
S Rules 2
Salda?a
Oppose
SSB 5717(SHB 1491)
Employee scheduling
Concerning employer and employee scheduling.
S Ways & Means
Salda?a
Oppose
WA tax structure
Improving the equity and sustainability of Washington’s tax structure.
S Ways & Means
Salda?a
Oppose
Transportation funding
Concerning transportation funding.
S Transportation
Hobbs
Oppose
Additive trans funding
Concerning additive transportation funding and appropriations.
S Transportation
Hobbs
Oppose
SB 5973(HB 2117)
State tax structure
Providing a pathway to modernize and rebalance the Washington state tax structure so that it is equitable, adequate, stable, and transparent for the people of Washington state.
S Ways & Means
Wellman
Oppose

Medium Priority Bills

Bill #
Abbrev. Title
Short Description
Status
Sponsor
Position
SHB 1068(SSB 5062)
High capacity magazines
Concerning high capacity magazines.
H Rules R
Valdez
Oppose
HB 1283(SB 5277)
Agricultural fair funding
Ensuring the funding of agricultural fairs.
H Approps
Dent
Support
SHB 1491(SSB 5717)
Employee scheduling
Concerning employer and employee scheduling.
Macri
Oppose
SHB 1725 (SB 5550)
Pesticide application safety
Implementing the recommendations of the pesticide application safety work group.
H LAWSDPS
Dent
Support
WA food policy forum
Continuing the work of the Washington food policy forum.
H Approps
Gregerson
Support
Wildfire prevention
Concerning wildfire prevention.
H RDANDPS
Kretz
Support
Pinnipeds & orcas
Addressing the impacts of pinnipeds on populations of threatened southern resident orca prey.
H ENVIDPS
Young
Support
DNR lease termination
Requiring the written consent of a lessee before the department of natural resources may terminate a lease for reasons other than default.
H RDev, Ag&NR
Corry
Support
SSB 5062(SHB 1068)
High capacity magazines
Concerning high capacity magazines.
S Rules 2
Kuderer
Oppose
GMA/agricultural land
Encouraging the success of agriculture on agricultural land.
S Ways & Means
Zeiger
Support
SB 5277(HB 1283)
Agricultural fair funding
Ensuring the funding of agricultural fairs.
S Ways & Means
Warnick
Support
DFW dog training, nonlethal
Establishing a nonlethal program within the department of fish and wildlife for the purpose of training dogs.
S Rules 2
Takko
Support
SSB 5543 (HB 1733)
Productive farmland
Retaining productive farmland.
S Ways & Means
Takko
Support
Pollinators
Concerning the protection of all pollinators, including honey bees.
S Ways & Means
Liias
Support
SB 5877(HB 1841)
Crew size on certain trains
Establishing minimum crew size on certain trains.
S Labor & Commer
Kuderer
Oppose