WACD 2023 Legislative Watch List

The Watch List below summarizes the conservation district-related bills WACD is monitoring and WACD’s position on each. Important hearings and votes are bolded. (In the first part of the legislative session, all bills will be alive. The 2023 Legislative session is a long, 105-day session, scheduled to end on April 23, 2023.

It is important to note that WACD positions may change at any time. See the legend below the Watch List table for descriptions of the various WACD POSITION notations. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our WACD Olympia staff at . The Watch List was last modified February 3, 2023 5:06 pm by Tom Salzer.

PositionBillTitleSponsor(s)Committee
Hearings / Actions
see bill # for history
WACD comments
WATCH
Encouraging salmon recovery through voluntary stewardshipKLICKER, Sandlin
Jan 12 Public hearing, H Environment and Energy
Creates a second kind of VSP county, creating confusion and inefficiency
WATCH
HB 1078Concerning urban forest management ordinancesDUERR et al.House: Local Government
Jan 11 Public hearing, H Local Government
Jan 17 Executive session, no action
Feb 3 Executive session
Of potential interest to urban conservation districts
WATCH
HB 1105Requiring public agencies to provide notice for public comment that includes the last date by which such public comment must be submittedKLOBA, AbbarnoHouse: State Government & Tribal Relations
Jan 11 Public hearing, H State Gov & Tribal Relations
Jan 17 Executive session, no action
Jan 31 Executive session
Feb 2 Referred to Rules 2 Review
Original bill language caused confusion during hearing: who would be fined? Impacts conservation districts
WATCH
HB 1123Supporting local and tribal control of clean energy facility siting by altering the authority of the energy facility site evaluation councilDYE, KlickerHouse: Environment & Energy
Jan 9 First reading
Allows county or tribe to opt for nuclear energy instead of wind or solar
PRO
HB 1138 Concerning drought preparednessCHAPMAN, DentHouse: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 13 Public hearing, H Ag and Natural Resources
Jan 17 Executive session, H Ag and Nat Resources
Majority: DO PASS
Jan 19 Referred to Appropriations
Feb 6 Public hearing, Appropriations
Provides more flexibility and funds Drought Preparedness
Account each biennium
PRO
HB 1140Making 2023-2025 fiscal biennium operating appropriations
(OPERATING BUDGET)
ORMSBY, GregersonHouse: Appropriations
Jan 11 Public hearing, H Appropriations
WACD testified PRO
PRO
HB 1147Concerning the capital budget
(CAPITAL BUDGET)
THARINGERHouse: Capital Budget
Jan 12 Public hearing, H Capital Budget
WACD testified PRO
NEUTRAL
HB 1166Improving climate resiliency through the development of a water quality trading program for recipients of national pollutant discharge elimination system general permitsDYE, WalshHouse: Environment & Energy
Jan 16 Public hearing, H Env & Energy
WACD submitted written testimony, position OTHER
WATCH
HB 1170 Improving climate resilience through updates to the state's integrated climate response strategySTREET, CoutoureHouse: Environment & Energy
Jan 12 Public hearing, H Env & Energy
Jan 16 Public hearing, H Env & Energy
Jan 23 Executive session, no action
Jan 26 Executive session
DO PASS first substitute
Referred to Appropriations
Feb 6 Public hearing, Appropriations
Some concern that additional bureaucracy could interfere with conservation districts accessing USDA funding programs
WATCH
HB 1181 Improving the state's response to climate change by updating the state's planning frameworkDUERR et al.House: Local Government
Jan 17 Public hearing, H Local Gov
Jan 25 Executive session, H Local Gov
Jan 25 1st substitute DO PASS
Jan 27 Referred to Appropriations
Feb 6 Public hearing, Appropriations
Shifts focus from conserve/protect habitat to enhancing habitat; includes environmental justice component
CONCERNS
HB 1215Concerning the protection and restoration of riparian areasCHAPMAN, LekanoffHouse: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 18 Public hearing, H Agriculture and Nat Resources
WACD supports intent but has concerns about how bill might be interpreted and implemented
WATCH
HB 1216Concerning clean energy sitingFITZGIBBON et al.House: Environment & Energy
Jan 19 Public hearing, H Env & Energy
Feb 9 Executive session
Commerce can designate clean energy projects of "statewide significance"
WATCH
HB 1224Expediting environmental permitting for job-creating investment in WashingtonMcENTIRE et al.House: Environment & Energy
Jan 11 First reading
WATCH
HB 1285Modifying the scope of locations to which a water right established as a family farm permit may be transferredGOEHNER, ChandlerHouse: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 24 Public hearing, H Ag & Nat Res
Adds more intensely developed rural lands and "master planned resort" as allowable recipients of transferred water
FOR
HB 1322Concerning the Walla Walla water 2050 planRUDE et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 24 Public hearing, H Ag & Nat Res
Jan 31 Executive session
Majority: do pass first substitute
Referred to Capital Budget
Essentially implements the Walla Walla 2050 water plan
WATCH
HB 1365Improving Puget Sound water qualityDYE, BarkisHouse: Environment & Energy
Jan 17 First reding
PRO
HB 1381Concerning salmon-safe communitiesDYE, LekanoffHouse: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 23 Public hearing, H Env & Energy
Includes municipalities with NPDES permits in addressing stream temperature issues
WATCH
HB 1421Adding counties to the voluntary stewardship programCHAMBERS et al.House: Local Government
Jan 31 Public hearing
Feb 3 Exec session
WATCH
HB 1498Concerning aviation assurance funding in response to wildland firesDYE, DentHouse: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 23 First reading
Feb 3 Public hearing
Feb 10 Executive session
FOR
HB 1523Authorizing agricultural employers to select 12 weeks a year to employ workers for up to 50 hours a week before overtime appliesGOEHNER et al.House: Labor and Workplace Standards
Jan 23 First reading
Support stems from resolution 2021-13 on this topic
WATCH
HB 1538Concerning special purpose district malfeasanceGRIFFERY et al.House: Community Safety, Justice, and Reentry
Jan 24 First reading
WATCH
HB 1541Establishing the nothing about us without us actFARIVAR et al.House: State Government & Tribal Relations
Jan 24 First reading
Feb 3 Public hearing
Feb 10 Executive session
FOR
HB 1552Directing the state conservation commission to conduct a study of urban agricultural opportunities and barriers in the stateREEVESHouse: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 31 Public hearing
Feb 3 Executive session
CONCERNS
HB 1567Commissioning a study on conservation district election costs under Title 29A RCWGREGERSON et al.House: State Government & Tribal Relations
Feb 7 Public hearing
Feb 10 Executive session
WATCH
HB 1574Supporting Washington agriculture by capturing methane and reducing greenhouse gas emissionsRULE et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jan 25 First reading
FOR
HB 1603Creating a location-based promotion program for Washington food and agricultural products (companion to SB 5341)MORGAN et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Feb 7 Public hearing
WATCH
HB 1621Concerning standardizing local government procurement rules among special purpose districts, first-class and second-class cities, and public utility districtsRYU et al.House: Local Government
Feb 1 Public hearing
Feb 8 Executive session
WATCH
HB 1664Ensuring rural representation on the environmental justice councilGOEHNER, BarnardHouse: Environment & Energy
Jan 30 First reading
WATCH
HB 1686Concerning salmon recovery reformLEKANOFF et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Feb 8 Public hearing
WATCH
HB 1698Providing flexibility for the department of fish and wildlife to collaborate with local governments to manage gray wolvesKRETZ et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Feb 8 Public hearing
FOR
HB 1720Concerning the protection and restoration of riparian areas through the establishment of a fully voluntary, regionally focused riparian grant program designed to improve the ecological functions of critical riparian management zonesCHAPMAN et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Feb 7 Public hearing
WACD appreciates the focus on voluntary conservation by the Legislature. WACD supports intent and agrees that the Conservation Commission is the right entity to develop and administer a riparian grant program.
WATCH
HB 1723Concerning equity and environmental justice in the growth management act (companion to SB 5651)DUERRHouse: Local Government
Feb 2 First reading
WATCH
HB 1735Adding net ecological gain as a voluntary element of comprehensive plans under the growth management actLEKANOFF, Fitzgibbon
Feb 7 Public hearing
WATCH
HB 1740Concerning eligibility, enrollment, and compensation of small forestland owners volunteering for participation in the forestry riparian easement programORCUTT et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Feb 10 Public hearing
WATCH
HB 1752Modifying the application of the annual consumptive quantity calculation to change applications related to certain water rights held by the United States bureau of reclamationDYE et al.House: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Feb 3 First reading
WATCH
SB 5093Improving climate resilience through updates to the state's integrated climate response strategy (companion to HB 1170)ROLFES, LovelettSenate: Environment, Energy & Technology
Jan 20 Public hearing, S Env, Energy & Tech
Jan 27 Executive session
Majority: do pass first substitute
Referred to Ways & Means
WATCH
SB 5104Surveying Puget Sound marine shoreline habitatSALOMON et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 19 Public hearing, S Ag, Water, Nat Resources & Parks
Jan 26 Executive session, S Ag, Water, Nat Res & Parks
Referred to Ways & Means
Feb 6 Public hearing, Ways & Means
Additional data on shoreline conditions may be useful to many Puget Sound conservation districts
FOR
SB 5107Increasing the cap on gross sales for cottage food operationsSHEWMAKE et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 19 Public hearing, S Ag, Water, Nat Resources & Parks
Feb 2 Executive session
Increases viability of small agricultural operations
WATCH
SB 5157Concerning investments in critical water infrastructure projectsTORRESSenate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 9 First reading
Could fund district projects in several areas of the state
WATCH
SB 5167Eliminating expedited processing of alternative energy resource facilities fueled by solar or wind energy on certain designated lands before the energy facility site evaluation councilBOEHNKESenate: Environment, Energy & Technology
Jan 9 First reading
This bill echoes concerns WACD has heard from several members
PRO
SB 5187Making 2023-2025 fiscal biennium operating appropriations
(OPERATING BUDGET)
ROLFES, RobinsonSenate: Ways & Means
Jan 10 Public hearing, S Ways & Means
WACD testified PRO
PRO
SB 5200Concerning the capital budget
(CAPITAL BUDGET)
MULLET, SchoeslerSenate: Ways & Means
Jan 12 Public hearing, S Ways & Means
WACD testified PRO
WATCH
SB 5203Improving the state's response to climate change by updating the state's planning framework (companion to HB 1181) LOVELETT et al.Senate: Local Government, Land Use & Tribal Affairs
Jan 17 Public hearing on proposed substitute, S Loc Gov, Land Use & Tribal Affairs
Feb 9 Executive session
CONCERNS
SB 5266Concerning the protection and restoration of riparian areas (companion to HB 1215)SHEWMAKE et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 11 First reading
WATCH
SB 5266Addressing equity and efficiencies in public works procurement including modifying small works roster requirements.Hasegawa et al.Senate: State Government & Elections
Jan 20 Public hearing, S State Gov & Elections
Jan 27 Exec session
FOR
SB 5341Creating a location-based branding and promotion program for Washington food and agricultural productsMUZZALL et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 23 Public hearing, S Ag, Water, Nat Res & Parks
Jan 26 Exec session
Referred to Ways & Means
Feb 6 Public hearing, Ways & Means
Could improve viability of agricultural operations
WATCH
SB 5353Concerning the voluntary stewardship programWAGONER, Van De WegeSenate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 26 Public hearing, S Ag, Water, Nat Res & Parks
Feb 2 Executive session
Feb 9 Executive session
Removes deadline for counties to opt into VSP, allowing more counties into VSP
FOR
SB 5384Concerning the Walla Walla water 2050 plan (companion to HB 1322)DOZIER et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 16 First reading
Essentially implements the Walla Walla 2050 water plan
WATCH
SB 5390Establishing a programmatic safe harbor agreement on forestlandsSHEWMAKE et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 26 Public hearing, S Ag, Water, Nat Res & Parks
Feb 2 Executive session
Feb 3 Referred to Ways & Means
FOR
SB 5484Supporting Washington's food production system by providing technical assistance in support of improved voluntary environmental stewardshipSHEWMAKE et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 6 Public hearing
The bill calls for the creation of a network of sustainable farms and fields advisors with conservation districts
WATCH
SB 5508Promoting local agriculture through greenhousesSHORT et al.Senate: State Government & Elections
Jan 27 Exec session
Jan 30 Referred without recommendation to Ag & Water
WATCH
SB 5517Enacting recommendations from the joint legislative task force on water resource mitigationWARNICK, VAN DE WEGESenate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 6 Public hearing
FOR
SB 5551Supporting Washington's crop and livestock farms, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and generating renewable energy by capturing methaneSHEWMAKE et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 6 Public hearing
WATCH
SB 5628Preserving water rights for farmland and economic developmentTORRES et al. Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Jan 30 First reading
WATCH
SB 5651Concerning equity and environmental justice in the growth management act (companion to HB 1723)LOVELETT et al.Senate: Local Government, Land Use, & Tribal Affairs
Feb 7 Public hearing
WATCH
SB 5667Concerning eligibility, enrollment, and compensation of small forestland owners volunteering for participation in the forestry riparian easement program (companion to HB 1740)MUZZALL et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 9 Public hearing
WATCH
SB 5675Concerning fish and wildlife commission membersWILSON, L. et al.Senate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 2 First reading
The bills would require WDFW commissioners to be confirmed by the State Senate.
WATCH
SB 5673Concerning the forest practices boardSHORT, VAN DE WEGESenate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 2 First reading
WATCH
SB 5688Providing carbon sequestration and ecosystem services in the management of public landsLOVELETT et al.Senate: Environment, Energy & Technology
Feb 3 First reading
WATCH
SB 5693Limiting liability for salmon recovery projects performed by regional fisheries enhancement groupsVAN DE WEGESenate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 3 First reading
WATCH
SB 5701Expanding the definition of designated forestlandKINGSenate: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
Feb 3 First reading

Legend

  • FOR means WACD supports this legislation. If WACD signs in as PRO, the notation will say PRO.
  • TESTIFY means WACD plans to testify; TESTIMONY links to the testimony given.
  • NEUTRAL means WACD does not have an opinion at this time or there are some concerns that don’t rise to the level of WACD expressing a statement AGAINST. WACD may sign in as OTHER for legislation we are NEUTRAL about.
  • WATCH means WACD is monitoring the legislation.
  • CONCERNS means WACD has specific concerns about aspects of the legislation. WACD may sign in as OTHER for legislation we have CONCERNS with.
  • AGAINST means WACD opposes this legislation. If WACD signs in as CON, the notation will say CON.

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