OLYMPIA — The state House passed legislation Monday aimed at developing ways to reduce state greenhouse-gas emissions, and meet targets set by the Legislature in 2008.
The measure already passed the Senate and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee, who had requested the legislation. It’s the first bill requested by Inslee to clear the Legislature.
Senate Bill 5802 creates a work group that’s supposed to come up with recommendations by the end of the year.
The measure passed the House 61-32 and now goes to the governor.
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines, argued in favor of the measure, saying, “Our constituents are seeing the effects of climate change in their daily lives — extreme weather, a rise in temperatures and the economic costs that result. They are hungry for leadership and solutions and I’m confident our state can lead the way.”
Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, voted no, saying that climate change requires an international solution. “If Washington state decides to lead the way and is going to take steps down this path (it) would only disproportionately impact our state and our economy,” he said.
Inslee and his staff actively lobbied for the legislation and the governor testified at committee hearings in the House and Senate. The measure that passed the Senate removed language talking about problems associated with climate change.
Inslee had wanted to retain the language talking about problems associated with climate change, but in the end decided to accept its removal in order to get the bill through both chambers.