Thank your legislators for passing key legislation

With less than a month remaining, we are thrilled that three WALT priority bills have passed through legislature. Check out all our 2021 policy priorities for more information. If you feel generous, please send a quick thank you to your legislators who helped them pass. Don’t know your legislators or district? Find them here.

 

HB 1168 (funding wildfire resiliency and recovery)

What it does: creates a new funding account to support these three priorities; (1) wildfire response; (2) forest restoration; (3) community resilient. This bill is important because it might become the funding mechanism for funding wildfire response, resilience and restoration in the 2021 legislative session..

In the Senate (Yeas 49, Nays 0, Absent/Excused 0)

  • Voting Yea: Billig, Braun, Brown, Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Darnielle, Das, Dhingra, Dozier, Ericksen, Fortunato, Frockt, Gildon, Hasegawa, Hawkins, Hobbs, Holy, Honeyford, Hunt, Keiser, King, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, McCune, Mullet, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Padden, Pedersen, Randall, Rivers, Robinson, Rolfes, Saldaña, Salomon, Schoesler, Sheldon, Short, Stanford, Van De Wege, Wagoner, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson, C., Wilson, J., Wilson, L.

In the House (Yeas 96, Nays 0, Absent 0, Excused 2)

  • Voting Yea: Abbarno, Barkis, Bateman, Berg, Bergquist, Berry, Boehnke, Bronoske, Caldier, Callan, Chambers, Chandler, Chapman, Chase, Chopp, Cody, Corry, Davis, Dent, Dolan, Duerr, Dufault, Dye, Entenman, Eslick, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Gilday, Goehner, Goodman, Graham, Gregerson, Hackney, Hansen, Harris, Harris-Talley, Hoff, Jacobsen, Johnson, J., Kirby, Klicker, Klippert, Kloba, Kretz, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Lovick, MacEwen, Macri, Maycumber, McCaslin, McEntire, Morgan, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwell, Paul, Peterson, Pollet, Ramel, Ramos, Riccelli, Robertson, Rude, Rule, Ryu, Santos, Schmick, Sells, Senn, Shewmake, Simmons, Slatter, Springer, Steele, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Sutherland, Taylor, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Vick, Volz, Walen, Walsh, Wicks, Wylie, Ybarra, Young, Jinkins

 

SB 5159 (Payment-in-lieu-of-taxes or “PILT”)

What it does: Currently, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is responsible for administering payment of their PILT obligation to eligible counties. SB 5159 would move the funding to the State Treasurer to make these payments, mirroring the system used by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This would improve efficiency and buffer PILT funding from the budget process.

In the Senate (Yeas 47, Nays 2, Absent/Excused 0)

  • Voting Yea: Billig, Braun, Brown, Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Darnielle, Das, Dhingra, Dozier, Ericksen, Fortunato, Frockt, Gildon, Hawkins, Hobbs, Holy, Honeyford, Hunt, Keiser, King, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, McCune, Mullet, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Padden, Pedersen, Randall, Rivers, Robinson, Saldaña, Salomon, Schoesler, Sheldon, Short, Stanford, Van De Wege, Wagoner, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson, C., Wilson, J., Wilson, L.

In the House (Yeas 97, Nays 0, Absent 0, Excused 1)

  • Voting Yea: Abbarno, Barkis, Bateman, Berg, Bergquist, Berry, Boehnke, Bronoske, Caldier, Callan, Chambers, Chandler, Chapman, Chase, Chopp, Cody, Davis, Dent, Dolan, Duerr, Dufault, Dye, Entenman, Eslick, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Gilday, Goehner, Goodman, Graham, Gregerson, Griffey, Hackney, Hansen, Harris, Harris-Talley, Hoff, Jacobsen, Johnson, J., Kirby, Klicker, Klippert, Kloba, Kraft, Kretz, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Lovick, MacEwen, Macri, Maycumber, McCaslin, McEntire, Morgan, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwell, Paul, Peterson, Pollet, Ramel, Ramos, Riccelli, Robertson, Rude, Rule, Ryu, Santos, Schmick, Sells, Senn, Shewmake, Simmons, Slatter, Springer, Steele, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Sutherland, Taylor, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Vick, Volz, Walen, Walsh, Wicks, Wylie, Ybarra, Young, Jinkins

 

SB 5220 (salmon recovery grants/tax)

What it does: this simple legislation would: 1) provide an exemption from Sales Tax by non-profits for the receipt of qualifying salmon recovery grants that are already deductible from the state Business & Operating (B&O) tax; 2) include federally recognized Indian tribes as being exempted; and 3) further clarify the scope of grants that are eligible for exemption and the taxable status of grant funds used to purchase tangible personal property or specified services.

In the Senate (Yeas 48, Nays 1, Absent/Excused 0)

  • Voting Yea: Billig, Braun, Brown, Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Darnielle, Das, Dhingra, Dozier, Ericksen, Fortunato, Frockt, Gildon, Hawkins, Hobbs, Holy, Honeyford, Hunt, Keiser, King, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, McCune, Mullet, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Padden, Pedersen, Randall, Rivers, Robinson, Rolfes, Saldaña, Salomon, Schoesler, Sheldon, Short, Stanford, Van De Wege, Wagoner, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson, C., Wilson, J., Wilson, L.

In the House (Yeas 97, Nays 0, Absent 0, Excused 1)

  • Voting Yea: Abbarno, Barkis, Bateman, Berg, Bergquist, Berry, Boehnke, Bronoske, Caldier, Callan, Chambers, Chandler, Chapman, Chase, Chopp, Cody, Corry, Davis, Dent, Dolan, Duerr, Dufault, Dye, Entenman, Eslick, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Gilday, Goehner, Goodman, Graham, Gregerson, Griffey, Hackney, Hansen, Harris, Harris-Talley, Hoff, Jacobsen, Kirby, Klicker, Klippert, Kloba, Kraft, Kretz, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Lovick, MacEwen, Macri, Maycumber, McCaslin, McEntire, Morgan, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwell, Paul, Peterson, Pollet, Ramel, Ramos, Riccelli, Robertson, Rude, Rule, Ryu, Santos, Schmick, Sells, Senn, Shewmake, Simmons, Slatter, Springer, Steele, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Sutherland, Taylor, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Vick, Volz, Walen, Walsh, Wicks, Wylie, Ybarra, Young, Jinkins