News Re: When It Comes to the Environment
posted by February 2 at 12:10 PMon
Nice post, Dan.
While the Seattle City Council sleeps, there is a bill in Olympia brought to you, of course, by Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-32, Shoreline) that would ban non-recyclable plastic grocery bags and authorize a fine of up to five hundred dollars per day for providing prohibited bags.
It’s all part of the Rep. Chase Agenda, which we’ve lauded before:
House Bills 2422, 2424, and 2425 (or “The Maralyn Chase Agenda!”)
They laughed at Representative Maralyn Chase (D-32, Shoreline) last year when she proposed a cap-and-trade bill on CO2 emissions and leadership quickly killed it. This year the session started with a Governor Christine Gregoire press conference in Seattle to announce a cap-and-trade bill. Now Representative Chase wants to outlaw nonrecyclable bottles and grocery bags, and outlaw death-to-the-environment small-engine equipment like leaf blowers. Listen to this woman. This year.
Rep. Chase only has three co-sponsors (none of them from Seattle), so I don’t expect this bill to go anywhere.
Maybe if Seattle’s delegation—Reps. Chopp (the speaker of the house!), Cody, Dickerson, Hasegawa, Hudgins, Kenney, McIntire, Nelson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Santos, and Sommers— would join Rep. Chase, we’d see some action on this.
You can find their contact info here. Give them all a call.