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Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science (Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Peterson)

Addresses the most recent assessment of climate change
science and changes certain requirements of the state with
regard to emissions of greenhouse gases.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL: The substitute bill adds elements to the report that the Department of Ecology must submiteach biennium to the Governor and the Legislature. These elements include:
Ÿ-greenhouse gas emissions from wildfire in the state;
-greenhouse gas emissions of the other states on a per capita and total basis, and Washington's ranking among the other states on a per capita and total basis;
-the greenhouse gas emission reductions for each state agency, and the cost to each state agency to achieve those reductions; and
-the greenhouse gas emissions, and costs incurred to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, and The Evergreen State College.

2ND SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO 1ST SUBSTITUTE:
A null and void clause is added. The bill is null and void unless funded in the budget.

3RD SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO 2ND SUBSTITUTE:
(1) Adds an additional greenhouse gas emissions target for the state: by 2025, the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 19% below 1990 levels and make best efforts to reduce emissions to 21% below 1990 levels, consistent with the United States commitment submitted under the 2015 Paris climate agreement. (2) Removes a requirement for the Department of Ecology to report on the greenhouse gas emissions and annual costs related to emissions reductions for state universities, regional universities, and the state college.

EFFECT OF HOUSE FLOOR AMENDMENTS
Requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to prepare and submit to the Legislature by June 30, 2019, and every five years thereafter, an analysis of the economic impact, whether positive or negative, and the impact on jobs, whether positive or negative, resulting from the greenhouse gas emissions reductions specified in the act.

SENATE COMMITTEE (Energy, Environment & Technology) STRIKER AMENDMENT
(1) Removes the JLARC study.

Hearing Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1144&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)