Archive for January, 2011

HB 1082 (shoreline and growth management violations) gets a hearing

January 13th, 2011  |  Published in HB 1082, Tracking Archive 2011-12

HB 1082 (Concerning violations of the shoreline management act and the growth management act) will be the subject of a hearing at the House Committee on Local Government at 8:00 a.m. on January 21 in House Hearing Rm E in the John L. O’Brien Building.

NWIFC staff contact: John Hollowed, hollowed@nwifc.org

New bills today on wolf managment and water rights relinquishment

January 12th, 2011  |  Published in HB 1117, Tracking Archive 2011-12

Ten new bills and a join resolution were introduced today, three of which all dealt with wold management. There is another bill (HB 1117) that deals with water rights relinquishment.

All new natural resources bills can be viewed here.

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.

One new bill added

January 10th, 2011  |  Published in Tracking Archive 2011-12

From the bills prefiled last Friday, one bill (HB 1082) was added to the spreadsheet today.

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.

Two new bills prefiled this week

January 4th, 2011  |  Published in Tracking Archive 2011-12

Two new natural resources related bills were introduced on Monday. They can be found at the spreadsheet we’re using to track introductions.