News The Supermajority Democrats Strike Again
posted by December 21 at 11:03 AMon
So, who did the supermajority Democrats appoint to head up the state House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee—the committee that’s central to drafting state environmental policies that affect water, watershed planning, timber, mining, and fish and wildlife?
Answer, an environmental conservative from logging country, of course. The new chair is Rep. Brian Blake (D-19, Aberdeen) who gets a C from the local Sierra club’s Cascade chapter. Blake voted, for example, against a bill to up biodiesel use.
“Brian Blake, in the past, has not had environmental issues as a priority and he has been hard to convince,” Clifford Traisman, state lobbyist for Washington Conservation Voters, says diplomatically.
Blake is replacing Brian Sullivan (D-21, Mukilteo) who’s leaving the legislature for a spot on the Snohomish County Council. Sullivan rated an A+ from the Sierra Club.
Brand new Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-34)—appointed to fill now-state-Senator Joe McDermott’s seat—was assigned to Ag & Natural Resources. Nelson, an environmental warrior who was appointed by her district based on her record of fighting to save Maury Island from strip mining, will be a pain in Blake’s ass.
I’ve linked all the committee reassignments for the 2008 House Democrats below the jump.
Rep. Sherry Appleton reassigned from Early Learning & Children’s Services to
Rep. Brian Blake, appointed Chair, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, reassigned from Agriculture & Natural Resources to Ecology & Parks
Rep. Hans Dunshee, reassigned from Appropriations Subcommittee on Education to Ecology & Parks
Rep Deb Eddy, appointed Vice Chair, Technology, Energy & Communications
Rep Bill Eickmeyer, appointed to Ecology & Parks
Rep. Roger Goodman, reassigned from Capital Budget to Early Learning & Children’s Services
Rep Tami Green, reassigned from State Government & Tribal Affairs to Appropriations
Rep. Ruth Kagi, removed from Agriculture & Natural Resources
Rep Troy Kelley, reassigned from Housing to Technology, Energy & Communications
Rep Steve Kirby, assigned to Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Rep. John McCoy, appointed Chair, Technology, Energy & Communications
Rep Jeff Morris, assigned to Rules
Rep Jim Moeller, assigned to Rules, replacing Rep John McCoy
Rep Sharon Nelson, assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources, Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Audit Review, and Local Government
Rep Al O’Brien, assigned to Ecology & Parks
Rep Mary Helen Roberts, appointed Vice Chair of Early Learning & Children’s Services
Rep Christine Rolfes, assigned to Ecology & Parks, and appointed Vice Chair
Rep Larry Springer, assigned to Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
Rep Dean Takko, appointed Vice Chair of Local Government, replacing Rep Deb Eddy
Rep Dave Upthegrove, assigned to Ecology & Parks, and appointed Chair
Rep Kevin Van De Wege, appointed Vice Chair of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Rep Brendan Williams, reassigned from Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Audit Review to Transportation
21st District appointee, assigned to Education, Housing, and State Government & Tribal Affairs
44th District appointee, assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources, Insurance, Financial Services & Consumer Protection, and Transportation