Legislative Meetings

Upcoming committee meetings for September and October

September 7th, 2011  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

There are several meetings schedules for legislative committees over the next couple of months. Here are the listings for possible relevant meetings.

Full listing are also available for all meetings in September and October.

Tribal testimony on crab management

January 13th, 2011  |  Published in Fish and Wildlife, Legislative Meetings

Tony Forsman of the NWIFC and Joseph Pavel, natural resources director for the Skokomish Tribe, testified earlier today at the senate Natural Resources committee.

You can view their testimony below.

House enviroment commitee (Tuesday, January 11)

January 10th, 2011  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

I doesn’t look like I caught this one in the roundup below, so here’s the details:

1/11/2011 1:30 p.m.
House Environment Committee
House Hearing Rm C, John L. O’Brien Building

Work Session:

1. Update on the Puget Sound Partnership: Performance management and accountability measures.

1. Gerry O’Keefe, Acting Director of the Puget Sound Partnership.
2. Martha Kongsgaard, Chair of the Puget Sound Leadership Council.

2. Overview of the Air Quality Program and air quality issues in Washington.

1. Marshall Taylor, Policy Adviser, Air Quality Program (Department of Ecology).
2. Craig Kenworthy, Executive Director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Changed agenda for Tuesday meeting of House Agriculture and Natural Resources

January 10th, 2011  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

The house committee meeting on Agriculture and Natural Resources (referenced here) on Tuesday, January 11 will no longer include a discussion on “Results of the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s cougar pilot project.”

Upcoming committee hearings for first week of session

January 6th, 2011  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

Several important committee meetings are scheduled so far for the first week of session.

1. The Natural Resources & Marine Waters in the state senate will be holding a Hearing on Puget Sound Dungeness Crab Management on Thursday, January 13th, 2011, in Senate Hearing Room 2. (Cherbourg Bldg.) The hearing will begin at 1:30pm.

Participants for the crab management hearing will include WDFW, A report from the auditors that did the Crab management audit, Recreational and Commercial Crab stakeholders, and tribes.

The focus of the crab management hearing will be an update on activity since last year’s session. WDFW will give a report on their progress and activity to date concerning the implementation of policy changes recently made by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission concerning non-treaty crab fishing. The stakeholders will give there perspective on the the progress made to date.

Here is the official listing of the hearing.

2. Following thee crab management hearing, the committee will also cover marine spatial planning. Two tribal representatives testified in a similar hearing on marine spatial planning last fall.

3. Also worth noting is a hearing by the House Agriculture & Natural Resources committee on Governor’s Office natural resources agencies merger proposal. Here is a policy brief that outlines the governor’s consolidation plan.

Here is a list of other interesting legislative meetings for next week:

Tuesday, January 11

Senate Environment, Water & Energy
10:00 am
Senate Hearing Rm 4, J.A. Cherberg Building

Work Session:
1. Toxic compounds in the environment.
2. Update on the Children’s Safe Product Act.

House Agriculture & Natural Resources
10:00 am
House Hearing Rm A, John L. O’Brien Building

Work Session:
1. Pesticide Registration and the Endangered Species Act.
2. Results of the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s cougar pilot project.

Senate Agriculture & Rural Economic Development
1:30 pm
Senate Hearing Rm 3, J.A. Cherberg Building

Work Session:
1. Update on Endangered Species Act/pesticide registration issue.
2. Leque Island: dike removal and saltwater flooding of agricultural land.

Wednesday, January 12

Natural Resources & Marine Waters
8:00 am
Senate Hearing Rm 2m J.A. Cherberg Building

Work Session: Update on select Puget Sound issues and programs.

House Agriculture & Natural Resources
1:30 pm
House Hearing Rm A, John L. O’Brien Building

Work Session:
1. Report prepared pursuant to HB 1484 (2009) recommending a process to transfer state forest lands encumbered with harvest deferrals.
2. Overview of Habitat conservation plans and their role in natural resources management.

Public Hearing: HB 1009 – Concerning the authority of certain state agencies to enter into agreements with the federal government under the endangered species act. (If measure is referred to committee.)

House Agriculture & Natural Resources
8:00 am
House Hearing Rm A, John L. O’Brien Building

Work Session:
1. Introduction of the Governor’s Office natural resources agencies merger proposal.
2. Challenges to the enforcement of natural resources laws.

House Environment
1:30 pm
House Hearing Rm C, John L. O’Brien Building

Work Session: Oil spill contingency planning.

New agenda items for House environmental health committee

December 7th, 2010  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

The House committee on environmental health added two agenda items (particulate matter and ozone) for their meeting tomorrow. They will be meeting at 10:00 a.m. in House Hearing Rm C in the John L. O’Brien Building.

Here is the full agenda:

Work Session:

  • Changes in Air Quality regulations for small particulate matter and ozone and the impact on human health and local communities.
  • Health effects of air pollution.
  • Sources of air pollution in Washington.
  • National ambient air quality standards based on health effects.
  • Consequences of nonattainment.

SB 5248 update in Senate agriculture committee, December 7

November 30th, 2010  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Economic Development committee will hear an update on SB 5248, “Preserving the viability of agricultural lands.”

Here is the original information page for SB 5248.
Here is the bill as passed by the legislature in 2007.
Here is the staff summary on the final bill.

Agriculture & Rural Economic Development
12/7/2010
10:00 a.m.
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building

Work Session:

  • Update on SB 5248 (2007) process by Ruckelshaus Center.
  • Status of warehouse and transportation facilities supporting food banks in Washington State.
  • Update on Transporting Over-height Farm Implements (SSB 6816–2010).

NWIFC staff contact is Jim Weber: jweber@nwifc.org

Agenda item added for Dec. 6 Senate Natural Resources committee

November 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

As noted here, the Senate Natural Resources, Oceans and Recreation Committee will hold a meeting on December 6, at 3:30, in Senate hearing room 2 in the Cherberg Building.

A work session has been added to the agenda on the following items:

Perspectives on Washington’s natural resources management and policy.

  • Exploration of the Columbia by Lewis and Clark as a case study in environmental history. David Nicandri: Director, Washington State Historical Society.
  • Perspectives on ocean and marine resource policies. William D. Ruckelshaus: Commissioner, Joint Ocean Commission; Past Chair, Puget Sound Leadership Council.
  • Perspectives on Puget Sound protection and restoration. Kathy Fletcher: Executive Director, People for Puget Sound.

Legislative committee meetings week of December 6

November 2nd, 2010  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

Several natural resources centric legislative committee meetings have been scheduled for the first full week of December.

One committee hearing of note is on Friday, a discussion of reforming state natural resources agencies. The governor’s office put out a press release on this topic last week, pointing out a progress report.

Monday, December 6
3:30 p.m.  Senate Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation
Senate Hearing Rm 2, J.A. Cherberg Building

Work Session:

  • To be announced.
  • Other business.

Tuesday, December 7
8 a.m. Senate Environment, Water & Energy
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building

Work Session:

  • Interim recommendations of the Cross-Partnership Oil Spill work group: Briefing.
  • 2010 report on Water Resources Program: Functions and funding structure- update.
  • Wind integration update and the Columbia River high-water operations: Briefing.

Wednesday, December 8
10:00 am House Environmental Health
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building

Work Session: Changes in Air Quality regulations and the impact on human health and local communities.

  • Changes in federal standards for small particulate matter and ozone.
  • Human health impacts from these sources of air pollution.
  • Impacts on local communities that do not meet the air quality standards.

Friday, December 10
8:00 am, House Ecology & Parks
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building

Work Session:

  • Update on climate policy in Washington.
  • Discussion on natural resources agency reform.
  • Discussion of Washington’s oil spill programs.

Ed Johnstone and Mikah McCarty testify on Marine Spacial Planning

October 18th, 2010  |  Published in Legislative Meetings

A couple of weeks ago, a field hearing was held by the Senate Natural Resources, Ocean and Recreation Committee on an update on the implementation of SSB 6350, which established a Marine Spacial Planning process in Washington.

Shortly, Marine Spacial Planning is a process to allocate human activities to best protection natural resources in the ocean.

Testifying were Ed Johnstone, policy spokesperson for the Quinault Indian Nation and Makah tribal council member Mikah McCarty.

Click play on the window below to watch the hearing, starting with the testimony from representatives from the treaty tribes:

You can download or view the entire hearing here.

Here is some background information on SSB 6350.