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  • Nelson's Monday Musings January 13, 2020

    Nelson's Monday Musings January 13, 2020

    It’s Opening Day, but there will be no Seventh Inning Stretch or singing of “Take me out to the ballgame” today at T-Mobile Park.
    Happy first day of the 2020 Washington Legislature. There were a combined 62 pages of pre-filed bills between the House and Senate in Olympia this year. Some of them are likely to see a full process in this 60-day short session, but most will end up not making their way out of committee this year.
    That doesn’t mean we aren’t paying attention to them.
    Those that won’t make it out of committee this year will likely be back for further discussion with our local Legislators during the interim and will likely come back in the long session a year from now. Your advocacy team here at SWCA is tracking these bills and will keep you informed throughout the session. If we need to act during this session, we’ll keep in touch with the Commercial Industrial Construction Collaborative (SWCA’s advocacy committee, full of members from across the gamut) and the board of directors before acting on your behalf.
    A few things to keep an eye on:

    • Climate Change: The Legislature is working on House Bill (HB) 2311 which would update the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. Governor Inslee is no longer referring to these targets as “goals”. He’s now calling them “requirements”. There is room for compromise and the Association of Washington Business is all over it.
    • HB 2186 concerns debris escaping from vehicles on public highways. This includes construction vehicles carrying all kinds of cargo, including aggregates.
    • There are at least five pre-filed bills concerning the response to the passage of Initiative 976 last November. As you would imagine, legislation covers both side of the issue. It’ll be interesting to see what falls out.
    More locally, there is change at the County level that we are excited to engage in. This week, Ellen Rogers and I will begin a cascading series of meetings with Dan Young, the new Community Development Director at Clark County. This is a collective effort with our members, as well as our partners at BIA of Clark County, in order to dramatically improve the climate and experience when working with the County on projects that you all have struggled with for a long time.
    The Clark County Surface Mining Advisory Committee meets again on Thursday, Feb. 20. This is an opportunity for our industry to literally arrive early and find a seat at the table to be heard.  Mark your calendar and plan to be there to support your industry partners.
    Again, we’ll keep in touch with you about how things are going there.