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Greetings from Olympia!

There has been a lot of activity at the Legislature the past few days. We are about to hit the next big session deadline: fiscal committee cutoff. Any bill that requires an expenditure of funds must be heard and voted on by a fiscal committee.

Bills not voted out of their respective fiscal committee by Friday, March 1, will be considered “dead” and no further legislative action will be taken on them. The only exception to this rule is initiatives and bills necessary to implement the budget. That means on Friday some bills die, some live, and some may rise from the grave.

From my perspective, the kindest thing many of these bills can do for Washingtonians is die. Unfortunately, there are several nasty bills I fear will escape Friday's execution. The low carbon fuel standard is one of them.

The low carbon fuel standard (LCFS)

The governor and other Democrats are attempting to establish this regressive, highly inefficient approach to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The push comes from the governor's climate change agenda. House Bill 1110, would decrease CO2 in fuel through the use of various “strategies,” which includes mixing biofuel with gasoline.

Some experts maintain this could raise gas prices by 17-34 cents per gallon. Coupled with Washington's already high gas tax, LCFS would put added pressure on family budgets and make many Washington companies less competitive.

Watch my video on the LCFS by clicking below.

When assessing public policy cost, price, and benefits must all be carefully examined. Cost is typically the expense of creating a product. Price is the amount a consumer is willing to pay. The difference between cost and price is profit. The LFCS is an expensive proposal, which will only produce tiny amounts of CO2 reduction. When I asked some very basic economic questions about the bill, such as cost versus price, the sponsor of the legislation didn't have an answer.

Watch the public testimony on the LCFS by clicking here.

I'm not against reducing our state's carbon footprint, but we need methods with real impact. The LCFS bill is a costly and impractical regulatory scheme that needs to die.

Efforts to overturn I-1639

We'll try a scalpel, we'll try a blunt instrument, we'll watch the courts and we'll keep trying to undo this bad policy. Along with being constitutionally questionable, I-1639 criminalizes law-abiding firearm owners, jeopardizes gun-owners privacy rights, and does nothing to reduce crime. This session, I've co-sponsored a bill to overturn it. House Bill 2103 failed to get a hearing this, but we will reintroduce it again next session.

Thank you!

Your feedback on bills before the House is important to me. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Better yet, if you are in the Olympia area stop by my office.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Olympia.

Sincerely,


Jim Walsh

State Representative Jim Walsh
19th Legislative District
RepresentativeJimWalsh.com
428 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
jim.walsh@leg.wa.gov
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