Cascade Volcanoes • Entered by Laurie Kerr on January 31, 2020
Environmental Lobby Day
January 30, 2020
Participants and Hours
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Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Advocacy (rallies, lobbying, meeting decision makers, letters/calls/emails)
Key Partners: Environmental Priorities Coalition
Short Description of Activity
4 Broads attended the Environmental Lobby Day in Olympia. These 4 attendees represented both the 17th and 49th districts in Clark County. The Clean Fuels Now HB 1110 requires that fuel producers and importers reduce pollution from the fuels that power our transportation system. It is a sound and effective policy that would clean our air, give us more options to fuel our vehicles, create economic development, cut climate pollution and move us beyond oil.
The Reduce Plastic Pollution SB 5323 bans single use plastic bags and would help Washington State address a growing recycling crisis. The Climate Pollution Limits HB 2311/SB 6272 bill would update the state’s greenhouse gas limits to reflect current science and lay groundwork to reach net zero carbon emissions and beyond. The Healthy Habitat Healthy Orcas HB 2550 would protect and restore habitat and leave the environment better than we found it for future generations. This was a key Orca Task Force recommendation from Gov. Inslee.
We met with Rep. Paul Harris in his office and each of us took turns with each of the aformentioned bills. We mentioned personal stories about why these bills were important to us and offered to send more information on the Healthy Habitat/Healthy Orca bill. He mentioned being supportive of all of the bills except the clean fuels bill because the money collected from this policy would not directly improve the environment. He felt that it should go towards mitigating the impacts of fossil fuels.
Well, it went great! Paul Harris was a very personable, caring, intelligent, and respected representative! I need to follow up with the info on the Healthy Habitat/Healthy Orca bill that I promised. I was extremely pleased with our meeting. As it turns out the Climate Pollution Limits has passed both the senate and the house and the Governor Inslee is expected to sign it! I am not sure where the other bills are at this time. I was disappointed that we did not get meetings with our 17th district State Senator, Lynda Wilson nor our 17th district representative, Vicki Kraft.
1–from left–Sharon Brown, Paul Harris
2-400 event participants at Environmental Lobby Day 2020
3-back from left–Carrie Parks, James Lanz; (front) Sharon Brown, Laurie Kerr, Kay, Marsha Maupoux
4-from left–Kay, Laurie Kerr, Sharon Brown, Marsha Maupoux, James Lanz, Carrie Parks on the steps of the capital building