News It’s Cutoff Day
posted by February 12 at 13:55 PMon
Today’s the day in the state legislature that bills need to make it out of committee and into the important Rules Commitee or else they’re yenemsvelte.
Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-34, Vashon Island) had two bills aimed at halting Glacier Northwest’s strip mining on Maury Island. One bill that dealt generally with licenses and would have specifically called Glacier Northwest’s practices into question on the grounds that they were harming fish habitat—passed into the Rules Committe earlier this week. However, the Glacier Northwest language got stripped out of the bill.
Her second bill—which could have halted Glacier Northwest’s strip mining by reassessing whether the state actually owned the gravel on Maury Island—got killed in the House Appropriations Committee last night.