News Regarding the Upcoming Session in Olympia
posted by January 11 at 13:05 PMon
I got my carpool mate—an unnamed lobbyist—and so, I’ll be heading down to Olympia this Monday for Day 1 (and regularly throughout the two-month session) to keep you up-to-date on the People’s Business.
As we head into the session, here’s the list of pre-filed bills.
One thing that jumps out right away is this: Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-32, Shoreline) is back. Rep. Chase, widely-considered to be an uninfluential lefty outlier in the Democratic caucus, pushed for a cap & trade bill last session that went nowhere.
This year she’s ahead of the curve again (or actually, in sync with the coming apocalypse). Among a barrage of environmental bills on her docket, Chase is floating legislation to: establish a carbon tax, prohibit plastic water bottles, outlaw non-recyclable plastic bags at grocery stores, and outlawing small-scaled powered equipment (like death-to-the-environment leaf blowers and small lawn mowers.)
I count zero co-sponsors so far, but her cap and trade bill has some traction this year.