2018 Legislative Session

The environmental community has big goals for 2018's legislative session. 

The state legislature started its session on January 8th, and they're working on some critical policies for non-native fish farming, climate change and carbon pricing, preventing oil spills, water availability, and more. Read on to learn about what we're asking our lawmakers to do, and what you can do to make sure they take action for Washington's people, economy, and environment.

Bills will be in this format after we get language and links.

In 2017, our Clean Energy program worked closely with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and our state's solar industry on legislation to fund Washington's solar incentives program.

Updating Washington's solar incentives. 

The state legislature successfully passed the Solar Bill, protecting homeowner incentives and local solar jobs. This accomplishment:
            • Defends current solar owners from further erosion of your production incentives.
            • Creates a new, right-sized program for new solar owners in WA.
            • Saves the thousands of solar jobs we already have, and creates the legislative certainty for solar to grow by leaps and bounds.
            • More information: solarstrongwa.org

Environmental Priorities Coalition

In 2018, our Clean Water program worked in collaboration with Washington Environmental Council's Environmental Priorities Coalition on legislation that would impact Whatcom County and the Salish Sea.

Putting a price on greenhouse gases.
Despite the fact that climate change impacts are already felt at here home, many in the fossil fuel industry are working to undo years of climate progress, especially at the federal level. That’s why the state of Washington must step up. The faster we act, the faster we can show what is possible. We need to charge major polluters for the harm they cause and reinvest those dollars for a better future.

Sustainable water management.
We’ve known for many years that the state’s water management system is broken. The environmental community seeks to pass legislation to implement the law and provide more certainty for instream and out-of-stream uses. Water legislation must have three elements: (Karlee's language here)

Action for toxic-free food packaging.
The widespread use of toxic nonstick PFAS chemicals in many consumer products and firefighting foam is raising serious health and environmental concerns in the state of Washington. Used in food packages like microwave popcorn and fast food or bakery wrappers, these toxic nonstick chemicals move from the packaging, to the food, and then into our bodies with each bite. PFAS chemicals also pollute the environment when the food packaging is landfilled or composted and spread on the ground. We should not have to worry about these harmful chemicals unnecessarily contaminating our food or our environment when safer alternatives are available. The Healthy Food Packaging Act is a commonsense solution to this problem.

Oil spill prevention.
Washington communities and waterways face many oil spill risks from pipelines, trains, and vessels. These risks continue to grow as the state receives newer oils that sink and are difficult to cleanup. Unfortunately, the state of Washington has fallen behind in applying prevention measures to guard against oil spills. The Oil Spill Prevention Act makes funding for state oversight more fair and reliable, and ensures that the state will fully implement existing marine protections. This bill is an important and overdue step forward for Washington.

About the EPC

The Environmental Priorities Coalition is made up of more than 20 statewide organizations working to safeguard our environment and the health of our communities in the legislature. For the 2018 legislative session, we have adopted four priorities essential for healthy communities and a thriving environment.

In addition to these four priorities, the Coalition is committed to making urgently needed progress on addressing climate change in 2018 through a range of policy bills from promoting efficient and healthy buildings to electrifying our transportation system to diversifying our clean energy sources. These policies will create jobs, reduce harmful pollution, and help Washington compete in a global clean energy economy.

More information    

Read more about the 2017 legislative session and get action alerts in our Clean Water and Clean Energy blogs.