Politics What’s Up with the Democrats in Olympia?
posted by March 3 at 17:58 PMon
Once again, it looks like the House Democrats in Olympia have botched an environmental bill.
Last week, after the Senate sent it over, they mangled a bill that would have given local governments authority under the Growth Management Act to use carbon emission impacts as a standard for saying yea or nay to developments. (The bill was almost saved late in the week, but a compromise deal kept it impotent.)
Today, they mangled another bill, sent over from the Senate after Senate Majority Leader Sen. Lisa Brown (D-3, Spokane) resurrected it, that would have prevented Glacier Northwest from expanding its strip mining work on Maury Island. The bill, as amended, now allows the Republican commissioner of public lands, Doug Sutherland—a Glacier NW ally—to green-light the company’s environmentally suspect work.