Legislative update from the WCA, for week beginning 2/12/18.  Provided by Washington Farm Bureau.  

Please find attached this week's bill tracker. The list of bills is continuing to shrink as we pass each new cutoff date. However, there are a few dangerous tax-related bills lurking in the shadows that we continue to track closely with other members of the ag lobby. The Senate Ds seem entranced with the idea of passing a carbon tax and certain elements of the House Ds are still interested in passing a capital gains tax (aka limited income tax). The Governor would likely sign either type of new tax

The one major obstacle for either of these tax approaches is the politically pragmatic House Speaker Chopp. He will likely avert any votes on a tax vote that would cast his Democrat members in a bad light in this year's re-election campaigns.

The furor created by the pesticide notification bill last week has greatly diminished due in large part to the work of Sen. July Warnick (R-Moses Lake). The agreed upon floor amendment to SB 6529 is sponsored by Sen. Warnick and greatly improves the work group created by the substitute bill coming out of committee. For instance it changes the focus away from pesticide notification, eliminates the stated assumptions that pesticide drift is an ongoing problem, and focuses the bulk of the work of the new work group on the existing laws and regulations that govern pesticide applications and worker protections.

The bill is currently in Senate Rules. You can find the floor amendment here.

~WA Farm Bureau Government Relations Team 

WCA Bill Tracking Report

Upcoming Hearings

House Finance - HHR A, JLOB - 2/16 @ 8:00am

  • HB 2967 - Public Hearing - Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state's tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief.

WCA Bill Tracking Report

Support

SHB 2276

Wildlife transfer notice

Concerning notification of wildlife transfer, relocation, or introduction into a new location.

Requires the department of fish and wildlife to provide notice and hold a public hearing before department personnel relocates or introduces any wolves, coyotes, lynx, bobcats, and animals defined as big game, where the action is intended for population maintenance or enhancement.

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SHB 2561

Wildland fire adv. committee

Concerning temporary duties for the wildland fire advisory committee.

Requires the commissioner of public lands to direct the wildland fire advisory committee to review, analyze, and make recommendations on certain issues related to wild fire prevention, response, and suppression activities within the state. Expires December 31, 2019.

SHB 2771

Wolves/translocation

Managing wolves using translocation.

* Modifies the intent language to reference review processes that would apply to translocation actions under the State Environmental Policy Act or National Environmental Policy Act, as provided in the Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, and references wolf populations in the Eastern Washington region.
* Removes the requirement that the translocation process not exceed a three-year period.
* Provides that translocation must be used to relocate wolves in areas where multiple packs of wolves range to regions with fewer wolves.
* Directs the Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) to use best available science to determine potential recipient sites.
* Specifies that the Department may not translocate wolves known to depredate livestock or that have shown signs of being habituated to livestock or the presence of humans.
* Specifies that when the Department moves wolves to another region in the wolf conservation and management plan, the translocation process must be expedited by all state agencies involved in the process.
* Requires the Department to report to the appropriate legislative committees, by December 31, 2020, on the progress made to use translocation as a wolf management tool.

SB 6180

Planting and harvest dates

Defining the planting and harvest dates for purposes of exemptions for agricultural transporters.

States that the planting and harvesting seasons are January 1st through December 31st of each year, with regard to the exemption for agricultural transporters.

Oppose

SHB 2186

Taxes

Concerning investing in Washington families by improving the fairness of the state's excise tax system by narrowing or eliminating tax preferences, imposing a business and occupation tax surcharge while eliminating tax liability for small businesses, enacting an excise tax on capital gains, modifying the real estate excise tax, making administrative changes, and implementing marketplace fairness in Washington.

Addresses the state's tax system with regard to: (1) Capital gains taxes; (2) Business and occupation tax rate change and deduction; (3) Eliminating the sales and use tax exemption for bottled water; (4) Repealing the preferential business and occupation tax rate for warehousing and reselling prescription drugs; (5) Narrowing a use tax exemption for self-produced fuel; (6) Eliminating the preferential business and occupation tax rate for international investment management services; (7) Nonresident sales tax exemption remittances; (8) Graduated real estate excise tax rates; (9) Real estate excise tax on foreclosures; (10) Requiring local governments that issue building permits to supply subcontractor information to the department of revenue; (11) Remote sellers, referrers, and marketplace facilitators; (12) The expansion of an individual's liability for an entity's unpaid tax obligations; (13) Reducing interest on tax refunds; and (14) Transfers to the education legacy trust account.

2SHB 2338

Greenhouse gas/transp. fuels

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.

HB 2967

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.

Declares an intent to ask the state's citizens to reduce the state property tax levy and replace it with the capital gains excise tax.

SSB 6203

Carbon pollution

Reducing carbon pollution by moving to a clean energy economy.

Imposes a carbon pollution tax on: (1) The sale or use within this state of fossil fuels, including fossil fuels used in generating electricity; or (2) The sale or consumption within this state of electricity generated through the combustion of fossil fuels. Authorizes each light and power business or gas distribution business to claim a credit against the carbon pollution tax for approved clean energy investments. Requires the utilities and transportation commission and the department of commerce to create a technical advisory committee to advise certain parties on utility reinvestment of certain credited money. Establishes clean energy investment programs and clean energy investment plans. Creates the carbon pollution reduction account, the energy transformation account, the transition assistance account, and the water and natural resources resilience account.

SB 6609

Revenue

Concerning revenue.

Modifies certain revenue provisions to: (1) Repeal the sales and use tax exemption for candy; (2) Limit the limit trade-in exclusion; (3) Narrow the nonresident sales and use tax exemption; (4) Narrow the sales tax exemption for certain fertilizers, sprays, and washes; (5) Reduce the estate tax threshold; (6) Impose a graduated real estate excise tax; (7) Impose a carbonated beverage tax; (8) Impose a luxury tax on expensive passenger motor vehicles; and (9) Reduce the state property tax.

Neutral

SHB 2285 (SB 6020)

Marbled murrelet reports

Establishing a reporting process for the department of natural resources regarding certain marbled murrelet habitat information.

Finds that protecting the habitat of the marbled murrelet is beneficial to the state and our environment, however, the protection and recovery of the murrelets may have impacts, specifically on timber jobs in our rural communities and lost revenues to our schools, counties, and junior taxing districts through reduced timber harvests. Requires the department of natural resources to provide a report to the legislature that includes an economic analysis of: (1) The net loss or gain of revenues to each of the trust beneficiaries from a proposed marbled murrelet habitat conservation plan approved by the board of natural resources and forwarded to or approved by the United States fish and wildlife service; (2) The potential net loss or gain of jobs for each impacted county; and (3) Economic activity benefits from additional conservation measures that support murrelet protection and recovery. Requires the commissioner of public lands to appoint a marbled murrelet advisory committee to assist the department in developing and providing the report.

HB 2299 (SB 6032)

Supp. operating budget

Making supplemental operating appropriations.

Makes supplemental operating appropriations.

HB 2307

Fish & wildlife data

Requiring confidentiality in the release of sensitive fish and wildlife data.

Changes the term "may" to "must" with regard to subjecting the release of sensitive fish and wildlife data to a confidentiality agreement.

SB 6032 (HB 2299)

Supp. operating budget

Making supplemental operating appropriations.

Makes supplemental operating appropriations.

 

Concerns

2SSB 6529

Pesticide application safety

Establishing a pesticide application safety work group.