2022 Legislative Session
Climate Related Legislation That Passed
Growth Management Act
SB 5042 Closing the GMA Loophole
This loophole allows development outside urban growth boundaries by taking advantage of the appeals process. The county can allow development (e.g. to meet growth goals), and then groups can appeal to the GMA board (e.g., because its outside the urban growth boundary). While the appeal is being heard, the county can issue building permits, and even if the appeal is upheld, the building permits are grandfathered in.
Affordable Housing Next Steps
Last year, the Legislature passed HB 1220, which was a huge step forward, but there was no funding for local jurisdictions to implement it. This year the Legislature passed funding for it.
Last year's Healthy Homes and Clean Buildings omnibus bill failed to pass due to stiff opposition from fossil fuel companies and labor unions. In 2022, the same basic policies were split into four different bills, all of which failed to pass.
SB 5974 & SB 5975: State Transportation Package. The new package has $16B of spending spread out over 16 years, with no bonding, so it is a "pay as you go" agreement on spending. Spending is a mix of highway expansion, highway maintainance, active transportation, local transit, and ultra-high speed rail. Revenue is from the gas tax, supplemented by the General Fund, and from the Climate Committment Act (Cap & Trade). More info
HB 1644 – Student transportation. The bill specifies that the transportation vehicle fund can also be used to complete a feasibility plan to transition from gas or diesel student transportation vehicles to electric or alternative fuel ones; and for the purchase, installation, and repair of charging and fueling stations for those, as well as other costs necessary for station installation. (source: Climate at the Legislature)
SB 5528 – Allow Regional Transit Authority (such as Sound Transit) sub-areas.