Archive for February, 2012

Senate Ways and Means releases budget

February 28th, 2012  |  Published in Budget

The Senate Ways and Means Chair released another version of the state operating budget. This version calls for $17 million in cuts to natural resources agencies.

Details of how these cuts would impact major natural resources agencies can be found at the links below:
Department of Ecology
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Puget Sound Partnership
Department of Natural Resources

Ensuring access to domestic water for home construction bill heard in public hearing, scheduled for executive session

February 24th, 2012  |  Published in SB 6312

SB 6312 (Promoting job creation by ensuring access to domestic water for home construction) was heard in a public hearing yesterday in the House Committee on Capital Budget. You can view the hearing here or in the window below.

The bill will be considered in an executive session today at 9 a.m. in House Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Marine management planning bill passes out of committee, onto rules

February 24th, 2012  |  Published in SB 6263

SB 6263 (Facilitating marine management planning) passed out of the House Committee on General Government Appropriations & Oversight with amendments and was referred to the Rules Committee. A staff report on the amendments is not yet available.

State and private salmon hatchery partnerships

February 23rd, 2012  |  Published in HB 2650

HB 2650 (Regarding state and private partnerships for managing salmonid hatcheries) was heard in a public hearing in yesterday. You can view the hearing at this link or in the window below.

Tribal testimony yesterday during senate hearing

February 22nd, 2012  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

Representatives from the treaty tribes in western Washington testified yesterday in the Senate committee on Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters.

Billy Frank, Jr., chairman of the NWIFC:

Jim Peters (Squaxin Island Tribe), Dave Herrera (Skokomish Tribe) and Phil Rigdon (Yakama Tribe).

Both house caucuses release budgets with natural resources cuts (UPDATED)

February 22nd, 2012  |  Published in Budget

Both the house Republicans and Democrats have released proposed state budgets in the last few days. Both documents include millions in cuts to the state’s natural resources budgets. In total, the house Democrats cut $39 million, while the Republican budget cuts $30 million, including closing the Puget Sound Partnership.

The original version of this post wrongly had the Democratic cuts at $5 million.

Here are links to the relevant pages on natural resources (pdf links):

Domestic water for home construction bill passes out of committee

February 22nd, 2012  |  Published in SB 6312

SB 6312 (Promoting job creation by ensuring access to domestic water for home construction) passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources and was referred to the Capital Budget committee. The bill passed with amendments and here is the most recent bill analysis.

Environmental mitigation bill passes committee

February 22nd, 2012  |  Published in HB 2238

HB 2238 (Regarding environmental mitigation) passed out of the Senate Committee on Transportation yesterday an amendment. Here is the staff report that summarizes those amendments.

Marine management planning bill passes committee

February 22nd, 2012  |  Published in SB 6263

SB 6263 (Facilitating marine management planning) passed the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources yesterday and was referred to the General Government Appropriations & Oversight committee.

There was an amendment made by the committee, but there is no bill report available yet to summarize those changes.

Environmental mitigation bill heard in public hearing

February 21st, 2012  |  Published in HB 2238

HB 2238 (Regarding environmental mitigation) was heard in a public hearing yesterday in the Senate Committee on Transportation. You can view the hearing here or in the window below.