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2005 Legislative Newsletter Issue 2—January 21, 2005

Happy New Year from

Audubon Washington's Policy UPDATE: Audubon's 2005 Legislative Priorities
Office in Olympia! Birds Eye
View (BEV) keeps Washington's Audubon Washington works in partnership reduce the impact of potential flooding. The
25 Audubon chapters and with 25 independent Audubon Chapters to county legislative authority must first contact the
22,000 members informed about establish our legislative priorities. Last June, Department of Fish and Wildlife for a suggestion
legislation effecting birds, other we established the following priorities, which of when gravel removal would have the minimum
wildlife and their habitat. we monitoring closely. Here are the initial impact on aquatic life.
Subscribe today to receive actions regarding each of these priorities.
every issue of BEV throughout Audubon does not advocate for environmental
the legislative session. Operating/Capital Budgets protections that trump public safety. However,
Audubon's budget requests range from beach this bill would allow counties to change the
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: safety and enforcement funding to capital budget hydrogeologic regime within rivers and streams
requests for two environmental learning centers. without any environmental review or evaluation
Audubon Priorities Update Turn to page 5 for Audubon's detailed budget of the impacts to adjacent wetlands and riparian
Page 1-2 requests and an analysis of the outgoing areas--critical bird habitats. Provisions to reduce
Priorities for a Healthy governor's budget proposal. impact to aquatic species (e.g. salmon) are
Washington provided only as recommendations from the
Aggregates/gravel Mining Department of Fish and Wildlife and the county
Page 3-4
We continue our dialogue with the Department of is merely encouraged to follow these.
Governor Locke's Budget Natural Resources (DNR) regarding budget
Page 5-6 requests for their surface mining program and Amendments that provide assurances for habitat
changes to the Surface Mining Reclamation Act protection will be necessary before Audubon can
Other Issues and Priorities
Page 7 (RCW 78.44). We are educating our peers about support this bill.
the gravel mining issues that concern citizens
CAO Trainings across the state and finding some common ground Wetlands
Page 7 with mining industry representatives. State Aquatic Lands Pilot Mitigation Bank --
Hot Tips for Leg. Advocacy DNR's Aggregate Mapping Budget Request-- We support the Department of Natural Resources
Page 8 Support (DNR) proposal for a pilot mitigation bank on
Lobby Day Registration DNR requested funds and staff to implement a sate-owned aquatic lands to restore degraded
Page 9 statewide aggregate resource inventory and wetland and shorebird habitat. Bills will be
mapping project. The outgoing governor did not proposed soon. Working with Wetnet, our
include this request in his proposed budget. We wetlands advisory committee, we have furnished
will work with DNR and the mining industry to DNR with bill language that ensures a successful
secure these funds because it will provide a mitigation bank.
critical scientific tool for county and city
planners, gravel miners and concerned citizens Developers will be able to buy credits from the
when local jurisdictions revise their mitigation bank to offset impacts that their
Comprehensive Plans, establishing Mineral Lands projects have. This will support much-needed
of Long Term Significance, as required under the habitat improvements and restoration on DNR
Growth Management Act. aquatic lands, while providing easy and efficient
mitigation processes for some developers.
HB 1118 - Concerns
Removing gravel from waterways to reduce Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Pilot
impact of flooding (RCW 90.84) -- Support & Fund
This bill would enable the legislative authority of Audubon, with Wetnet's help, has in the past
any county to remove gravel from streams or influenced and supported Department of
other watercourses when it is deemed by the Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Pilot Rule
county legislative authority to be beneficial to (RCW 90.84). In the first week of session
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UPDATE: Audubon's 2005 Legislative Priorities cont.

Ecology briefed the House Natural Resources, Ecology and Parks The other bill is a comprehensive plan updates bill that will adjust
Committee. While Ecology reported that six bank projects had been the schedule for counties and cities to update their comprehensive
selected and are undergoing technical review, they suggested that plans. It has become apparent that implementing the GMA is
current funding does not adequately address local outreach and costing counties and cities millions of dollars that, with other
education needs, nor does it cover local processes for reviewing capacity and workload issues, are forcing local jurisdictions to miss
proposals. Audubon will track this issue and support funding their deadlines. This bill will adjust the schedule to accommodate
requests to address this shortfall. the needs of local counties. The GMA work group is looking at
provisions for incentives for counties/cities to use BAS in their
Forests comprehensive plan revisions so that they can get relief, and skip
Certified State Forest Pilot -- Support their next revision cycle, saving critical resources.
Building on momentum from bills we worked on last year,
Representative Kelli Linville (D-Bellingham) is eager to champion a We will track these bills and will likely support any GMA bills
sustainable forest certification pilot project on state trust lands. proposed by the entire GMA work group. We will also ensure that
there are no rollbacks to the GMA.
Similar in concept to the bill Linville ran last year, this legislation
would arrange for third party certification of some working state HB1023 -- Oppose
forest, and establish evaluation and reporting schedules that would Critical area regulation under GMA for tsunami resistant
appraise how the forest practices, habitat and revenues connected to structures
these forests were effected. The conservation community, builders This bill provides an exemption for tsunami resistant structures,
and lumber retailers argue that the niche marketing of sustainable allowing them to be built in critical areas, specifically geologically
certified state forests will increase overall revenues from state trust hazardous areas. The intent of the bill is to ensure that there are
lands while increasing the environmental protections and adequate safety structures for citizens who reside on hard to evacuate
sustainability of these lands. areas like the Long Beach Peninsula. It is not necessary at this time
to exempt such structures from critical area development regulations.
Audubon has teamed up with Seattle Audubon Society, Washington
Environmental Council and others to advance this agenda. We hope The Long Beach Peninsula has ample areas that are not critical areas
to identify a willing pilot project in the coming weeks. We will keep where such structures could be built. We are concerned that this
you posted. could set a bad precedent for establishing other exemptions from
Critical Area Ordinances. Therefore we will oppose this bill until
Protect Old Growth on State Lands -- Support the bill proponents can clearly demonstrate that building adequate
Meanwhile, Representative Sam Hunt (D-22) is expected to safety structures requires statutory changes.
introduce a bill to protect all remaining old growth stands within
DNR managed state trust lands. We are supportive of this because
old growth is critical habitat for certain at-risk species that cannot WHAT YOU
adapt to younger stands, or the build environments. More to come.
Growth Management Act (GMA) Call the legislative hotline
Audubon will work hard to ensure the integrity of the Growth and ask your legislators to:
Management Act, and support improvements advocated by the GMA
working group, a consensus-oriented consortium of builders, * read Bird’s Eye View
farmers, planners, local jurisdictions and conservation organizations.
* support your areas of concern
At least two bills are anticipated from the GMA work group. One
that clarifies what “best available science” (BAS) means, or looks * support Audubon WA’s legislative priorities
like. The working group has not been successful in efforts to define
BAS, so they are trying to further clarify GMA by providing
guidance for understanding what a comprehensive plan with, or
without, BAS looks like, and what to do if BAS is not available or
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Priorities for a Healthy Washington

“Priorities for a Healthy Washington” may be a phrase you have heard recently. It is the environmental community’s 2005 legislative
priorities. The public overwhelmingly supports protections for people's health and this place we call home, and our elected leaders are
starting to respond. Working together, we can create a model for the nation and a true legacy for generations to come. The 2005 priorities
are: Cleaner Cars – Cleaner Air, Sustainable and Efficient Green Buildings, Sound Solutions: Saving Hood Canal and Puget
Sound, and Banning Toxic Flame Retardants.

Cleaner Cars – Cleaner Air Sustainable and Efficient Green

Cars are part of our daily life, but automobile emissions are
taking a toll on our health and our The buildings where we work and
environment. Automobiles are the go to school matter—to our
number one source of economy, our environment, our
Washington's air pollution. health, and our productivity. High
performance green buildings save
Clean car standards will reduce money by using energy and water
toxic and global warming more efficiently and by creating
emissions from autos by giving Washingtonians cleaner car healthier, more productive working environments than
choices. With these standards, all new cars sold in Washington conventional buildings.
after 2008 will emit less toxic air pollution, while saving on fuel
costs and starting to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. In the U.S., buildings account for approximately one-third of our
How this relates to birds and habitat: total energy consumption, two-thirds of our electricity use, and
Helps wildlife by reducing global warming pollution one-eighth of our water consumption. A survey of 99 green
The new clean car standards are expected to reduce global buildings in the U.S. found that on average they use 30% less
warming pollution from new cars by roughly 30% by 2016. energy than comparable conventional buildings. Given how
Unchecked climate disruption is a major threat to Washington’s many resources our buildings use, making them more efficient
economy and environment. Washington and Oregon’s Cascade can have significant benefits for people and our environment.
snowpack – which drives our power, water, agriculture, and
habitat systems – is projected to decline by 59% by the 2050s How this relates to birds and habitat:
without swift action. Cleaner air and water and healthier forests for wildlife
These focus on increased water and energy efficiency. Thereby
Helps wildlife by improving air quality increasing the amount of water available to wildlife and
Clean car standards also reduce smog-forming pollution. With improving the quality of the water that is used by these
some areas in Washington nearly out of compliance with clean air buildings. The Energy efficiencies, reduces toxics in the air,
laws and an urgent need to reduce global warming pollution, our reducing global warming emissions, helping to curb the climate
air resources are finite. Transportation causes more than half of destabilization that is beginning to impact bird migration and
the pollution. nesting patterns.

The Legislation: The Legislation:

Sponsored by Senator Rockefeller (D-23) and Sponsored by Senator Poulsen (D-34) and
Representative Murray (D-43) Representative Dunshee (D-44)
This bill will be introduced within the next week. It will adopt HB 1272 was introduced this week and will require new state
California's stronger auto emission (clean car) standards by agency and higher education buildings 5,000 square feet and
requiring new cars and trucks delivered to Washington produce larger, as well as significant remodels, to achieve a LEED Silver
less toxic pollution and global warming pollution. The standards certification. The requirements for K-12 school buildings will be
would apply to auto manufacturers, not individual vehicles or phased in over time, and schools can choose between the LEED
owners. Seven Northeastern states - New York, New Jersey and Silver certification and a local rating system tailored to schools.
most of New England - have already adopted these clean car We will also build on previous capital budget investments in K-
standards. 12 high performance green buildings.
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Priorities for a Healthy Washington cont.

Sound Solutions: Saving Banning Toxic Flame Retardants
Hood Canal and Puget Sound
PBDEs are persistent toxic chemicals
Imagine the future Puget Sound as a used as flame retardants in countless
barren sea, where dead fish routinely consumer products including
wash ashore, recreational and televisions, computers, furniture, and
commercial fishing are shut down, and carpet. These toxic flame retardants -
the water is so polluted that kids no chemical cousins of the now banned
longer safely play on the beach. PCBs - are rapidly building up in our
bodies, food supply, and wildlife.
Unfortunately, this is a current reality for Hood Canal and other parts
of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits. Hood Canal, historically Phasing out PBDEs is both feasible and beneficial to the people of
home to diverse wildlife and valuable fisheries, is now home to a Washington. Levels of PBDEs in the environment and in people will
"dead zone." And Hood Canal is simply the alarm bell to wake us up decline if Washington State bans all PBDEs now. It is possible to
to a Puget Sound suffering from poorly planned development and meet the standards of fire safety and have healthier children and
pollution. The good news is that it is not too late to reverse this trend. safer breast milk by phasing out toxic flame retardants. Companies
like Dell and Ikea are already phasing out PBDEs. Major public
How this relates to birds and habitat: health organizations like Washington Chapter of the American
More productive marine food chain Academy of Pediatrics are calling for a ban on all PBDEs.
Protection and restoration of Hood Canal and Puget Sound have
direct links with wildlife conservation. Restoration of dissolved
oxygen levels will result in a more productive marine food chain. How this relates to birds and habitat:
This in turn will lead to higher densities of marine plants, PBDE levels found in wildlife
invertebrates, and small fish, which are the food source for dozens of Studies in wildlife have shown that PBDE levels are rising at
bird species—loons, grebes, cormorants, herons, swans, geese, alarming rates, doubling every one to five years.
ducks, gulls, terns, plovers, sandpipers, kingfishers, and seabirds
such as the threatened Marbled Murrelet. This food chain also feeds In the Columbia River system, levels of PBDEs in fish doubled in a
salmon, which are a major food source for ospreys and eagles. mere 1.6 years. High levels of PBDEs have also been documented in
studies of orca whales, salmon, peregrine falcons, terns, osprey, and
other wildlife.
The Legislation:
Septic Bill Sponsored by Senator Spanel (D-40) and Studies of gulls in polar regions have shown extensive deca-BDE
Representative Hunt (D-22) contamination in livers, plasma, and eggs. Also, recent findings
This legislation enhances authority to control on-site septic systems. show that polar bears are contaminated with deca-BDE.
It should provide clear authority for the state to regulate on-site
septic pollution as well as provide new tools to help local authorities
develop solutions. In areas of special concern, local governments The Legislation:
should develop enhanced programs approved by the state. Septic Sponsored by Senator Regala (D-27) and
systems in these areas should be inspected and maintained on a Representative Hunter (D-48)
regular basis. Legislation is needed to ban all PBDEs by 2006. Despite a voluntary
phase-out of two forms of PBDEs, the public will not be protected
Land Use Bill Sponsored by Senator Kline (D-37) and from toxic flame retardants linked to brain and nerve damage if
Representative Upthegrove (D-33) Washington fails to ban the third and most heavily used form called
Strengthening protections for watersheds and water quality around deca-BDE (deca). Eighty percent of all deca use is for consumer
Puget Sound. The State needs to establish clear water quality electronics and a ban on this use is slated to take effect in Europe in
objectives and provide adequate direction to local governments about 2006. Washington should join other governments around the world
strategies to control stormwater and other sources of non-point by banning all PBDEs, especially deca.
pollution, particularly including measures to limit conversion of
working forestlands. Additionally, landowners should receive tax
incentives for voluntary conservation efforts along shorelines.
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Audubon's Budget Priorities & Governor Locke’s Budget Proposals

Early in January, outgoing Governor Locke submitted his Funding supports State Parks and local
recommended biennial budget to the Legislature. Meanwhile, counties to increase beach patrols, and
Governor Gregoire has taken office and is expected to release her educate the public about beach driving
budget proposal at the end of February. It is too early to know how rules to protect the safety of beach-users
the Gregoire administration will approach the budget. They could and sensitive bird habitat.
submit an entirely new proposed budget, or simply highlight
priorities for the new administration. Department of Natural Resources
Gravel Mining Program
Regardless, the Legislature and the Governor have a real challenge Aggregate resource mapping &
ahead of them because we are facing a $1.8 billion budget shortfall. programmatic EIS
The budget process will begin in the Senate this year, so we will be $1,300,000 and 6.8 full time employees
watching the Senate closely to see what they propose to fund, and (FTEs)
what they do not. Here are Audubon Washington's budget priorities (Locke: $0)
complete with their status in Governor Locke's budget. We will We are supporting an agency request for funding to complete a
make every effort to keep the programs that Locke proposed in his statewide resource inventory and map all the deposits of sand and
budget in the final budget bill, and to get the others added by the gravel in Washington. This will provide cities and counties with the
House or Senate. scientific tools necessary to update their comprehensive plans, and
designate Resource Lands of Long Term Significance. The mining
Capital Budget industry, developers and concerned citizens all benefit from this
Seward Park and Leavenworth Nature Centers ($500,000 each) because they can work with municipal planners to designate mineral
(Locke: $0) lands that will minimize impacts the natural environment and to the
Audubon continues to support a growing network of nature centers building trades.
that function as nature-based community centers where families and
students can safely explore the natural world. The recent Report DNR would also like to develop a Programmatic Environmental
Card on the Status of Environmental Education in Washington State Impact Statement for gravel mining to create a consistent and
showed that these learning centers help student achievement by transparent environmental review for all gravel mines in the state.
providing opportunities for real-world application book and This could increase the efficiency of the permitting process and
classroom learning. These two centers will serve thousands of strengthen protections to the environment.
students and families each year.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Seward Park: Six legislators from the 37th, 41st and 11th legislative 2010 Olympics/Skagit County wildlife viewing
districts are requesting $500,000 in capital funds to renovate an $340,000 (GFS/Wildlife Account State [WLS])
existing building at Seward Park in SE Seattle. (Locke: $0)
We work closely with the Washington Department of Fish and
Leavenworth: The delegation from the 12th legislative district Wildlife (WDFW) to promote watchable wildlife. We support
requested that Governor Locke include $500,000 to renovate an funding requests to market and promote wildlife viewing
existing building on the 5+ acre Barn Beach preserve near downtown opportunities particularly in anticipation of tourist traveling to the
Leavenworth. Pacific Northwest for the 2010 Olympics. Our five-year supply of
Great Washington State Birding Trail--Cascade Loop Maps are
Despite these requests, Governor Locke did not propose any funding nearly gone after three years! This map drives bird watchers to
for these projects. We hope that the new Governor understands the many sites in Skagit County that are managed by WDFW.
importance of connecting people with nature and providing quality
environmental education opportunities for students and families. Lead shot poisoning studies and remedial action
$90,000 (WLS)
Operating Budget (Locke: $65,000)
State Parks Beach Safety, Education and Enforcement WDFW and Canada's Wildlife Service are tracking Trumpeter
$891 General Fund State (GFS) & Transportation 108 Swans so they can begin to understand where lead "hot spots" might
(Locke: $891 increase) be. These hot spots are where, due to decades of hunting with toxic
This $891,000 State Parks Ocean Beach request is part of a larger lead shot, Trumpeter Swans are dying of lead poisoning. We are
$2.7 million “Public Safety and Risk Reduction” package. Locke also working with legislators who are interested in helping us solve
provides nearly $2 million from GF, Motor Vehicle Account and this problem.
Stewardship Account, including the full Ocean Beach request.
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Budget Priorities cont.

constituency of EE advocates as they ask the legislature to fund this
WHAT YOU CAN DO: position.
Let your legislators know you Puget Sound Action Team (PSAT)
support these budget priorities! Public Involvement and Education (PIE) Grants
$500,00 (GFS)
(Locke: $100,000 Water Quality Account)
1-800-562-6000 From the Governor's Budget Summary: PSAT's "public
involvement and education funding has not kept pace with public
WDFW cont. interest. Citizens want to get more involved in their communities
Local Conservation and Education Project and find solutions to serious water quality and habitat protection
$300,000 and 1.5 FTEs (GFS) issues that are harming Puget Sound: storm water runoff, toxic
(Locke: $0) contamination, diminishing near shore habitat, and decreased
WDFW Director Koenings is emerging as a strong advocate for populations of salmon, orcas, and other aquatic life. During the
environmental education programs that help connect students' 2003-05 Biennium, only 14 percent of projects were funded.
classroom learning with real world wildlife conservation and Additional grants will be awarded to organizations pursuing these
management efforts sponsored by the Department. These new efforts".
positions would provide a new level of coordination, support and
technical assistance to great programs like Project Cat in Cle Elum Census of Burrow-nesting Seabirds in Puget Sound
and Project Mule Deer in Spokane. $160,000 (GFS)
(Locke: $160,000)
New License Plate Options Audubon’s State of the Birds report lists the rhinoceros auklet and
*Combining background plates $240 (WLS) tufted puffin as two species that have declined in Puget Sound and
*Orca Special background license plates $300,000 (WLS) need to be monitored. We support this PSAT budget proposal to
*Watchable Wildlife background license plate $234,250 (WLS) document the steep decline in these populations.
(Locke: $30,000 WLS--.3FTE)
Wildlife viewing is one of the fastest growing non-consumptive fish Long Term Monitoring of Puget Sound Marine Birds and
and wildlife activities within Washington State. Since there are very Waterfowl
few ways for people to provide money to support the agency, the $175,000 (GFS)
department is proposing legislation to allow the creation of various (Locke: $175,000)
fish and wildlife background plates, providing a new way to support We continue to support this program by requesting that the funding
WDFW's Watchable Wildlife programs. be continued for long term monitoring of marine birds and
waterfowl. Without the continuous monitoring efforts we will never
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) know if our state’s environmental programs are working.
Environmental Education Partnership Fund
$250,000 (GFS) Orca Conservation, Recovery and Monitoring
(Locke: $0) $350,000 (GFS)
This grant fund, created in 2003 and funded with $75,000 in 2004 is (Locke: $0)
being administered by OSPI to provide non-profit organizations We have watched with concern as the Orca populations in Puget
partnering with public schools, opportunities to implement quality Sound have declined by 18% in recent years. WDFW and PSAT
environmental education programs. Based on the demand for the must be funded to complete an Orca recovery plan. The plan will
PIE Grant program (see below) we are asking the Legislature to assist all species dependent on a healthy Puget Sound.
increase and biennialize the funding. (Biennialize, means the
funding would be sustained from biennium to biennium). Eco-Regional Assessment Implementation – Guidance to Counties
$400,000 (GFS)
Expanding Environmental Education Programs (Locke: $0)
$156,460--1 FTE The Important Bird Areas program within Audubon contributes data
(Locke: $0) to state or local governments about priority bird habitat in
OSPI wants to expand its support and coordination for Washington. Our data has been included in the pilot project bu
environmental education within public schools. This is a critical WDFW to assess priority habitat in Kitsap County. We support
position that in ways will replace a FTE dedicated to EE who retired funding to implement the Eco-Regional Assessment mapping project
and whose Federal Funding was lost several years ago. We applaud so that other counties in Puget Sound can benefit from WDFW’s
OSPI for making this request and will support the growing work.
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Other Legislative Priorities and Issues

As always, we represent the shared vision of our chapters and for private landowners for habitat management that promote
members to protect birds, wildlife and their habitat for the benefit wildlife tourism. This may not be the best way to do it. We will
of humanity and the Earths biological diversity. We are always work to amend this bill to address our concerns. More to come.
looking for strategic opportunities to advance that mission and
defend against any measures that could weaken our existing Reforming Hydraulic Project Applications
protections of habitat. To that end, we look at every piece of SB 5059 -- Oppose
legislation introduced each day and analyze it to see if it is a This bill, prime sponsored by Senator Doumit (D-19), is similar to
rollback or a new opportunity. Here are a few of the bills and a bill we worked hard to oppose/fix in 2003. This regulatory
issues that have already come to the surface that we will be reform, (i.e. environmental rollback) suggests that a county's
working on. critical area ordinance or shoreline master plan is equivalent to a
hydraulic project application, and therefore does not need
Reduce Toxic Shot -- Support independent environmental review by the Department of Fish and
Teaming up with the Trumpeter Swan Society we are working to Wildlife.
advance the dialogue about how to prevent further contamination of
critical bird habitat by toxic shot in Washington. More than 1,400 Environmental Education
trumpeter swans have died in the past five winters, and over 100 With the Environmental Education Association of Washington,
have died so far this winter. Currently, toxic shot is not permitted Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Pacific
for waterfowl hunting, and is restricted on some WDFW lands. Education Institute, Washington Forest Protection Association and
others, we will present the findings of the Report Card on the Status
Watchable Wildlife Funding for Citizens of Environmental Education in Washington State. The report is
SB 5005 -- Support with changes available on our website
Senator Jacobsen (D-46) has introduced a bill that opens up the and
hotel motel tax revenues to support "tourism promotion" broadly reflects the state of EE in 2004. Growing support and interest in
defined to include expenditures to owners of farms, forests, and EE's ability to improve test scores and bring private resources to
open lands for habitat management that promote wildlife tourism. schools may lead to some EE legislation this session.
The tax is used to promote tourism.
We strongly support the concept and intent of providing incentives

Critical Areas Regulation (CAO) Trainings

Learn to how to better flooding and landslides, to protect water quality and drinking
protect water quality, water sources, and to protect fish
gh am Bellingham
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Saturday Feb. 5, 2005
5 B n fish and wildlife in your
2/ h elto Senior Activity Center
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town, city, and county. CAOs must meet the requirements
/2 e tt 315 Halleck Street
2 r 1000 Friends of Washington of the Growth Management Act
2 Eve Bellingham, WA 98225
and the Washington and citizens play an important role
Environmental Council are in helping cities and counties adopt Shelton
sponsoring workshops to effective CAOs. Most CAOs have Saturday Feb. 26, 2005
train community members not been updated in at least seven County Fairgrounds
to effectively participate in years and require major changes 751 W Fairgrounds Rd
the critical areas regulation and strong public input. Shelton, WA 98584
updates that will take place
in every Washington town, city, and county. For more information or to register Everett
please e-mail Saturday Mar. 12, 2005
The workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All participants Community College
will receive a checklist, a data CD, and tools to use to evaluate and Please include your name, address, 2000 Tower Street
improve critical areas policies and regulations. e-mail address, the workshop you Everett, WA 98201
wish to attend, and the city or
Counties, cities, and towns use critical areas ordinances (known as county you are most interested in focusing on.
CAOs) to protect people and property from natural hazards such as
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Hot Tips for Legislative Advocacy

Every biennium committees are restructured to reflect changes in the State Natural Resources, Ecology & Parks
as well as changes in the Legislature. Leadership also reflects these changes Sullivan B.-Chair, Upthegrove-Vice Chair, Buck, Blake, DeBolt, Dickerson,
and always depends on which caucus controls the chamber. Listed below is Eickmeyer, Hunt, Kretz, Orcutt, Williams
a list of committees and their members that will hear our issues.
Chopp-Chair, Chandler, Anderson, Armstrong, Blake, Clibborn, Ericksen,
Flannigan, Grant, Hudgins, Hunt, Kessler, Lovick, McDonald, Morrell, Shabro,
Sommers-Chair, Fromhold,-Vice Chair, Alexander, Anderson, Armstrong, Bailey,
Burl, Clements, Cody, Conway, Darneille, Dunshee, Grant, Haigh, Hinkle, Hunter,
Kagi, Kenney, Kessler, Linville, McDermott, McDonald, McIntire, Miloscia, SENATE COMMITTEES:
Pearson, Priest, Schual-Berke, Talcott, Walsh. Agriculture and Rural Economic Development
Rasmussen-Chair, Shin-Vice Chair, Schoesler, Delvin, Jacobsen, Morton, Sheldon
Capital Budget
Dunshee-Chair, Ormsby-Vice Chair, Jarrett, Blake, Chase, Cox, DeBolt, Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education
Eickmeyer, Ericks, Ericksen, Flannigan, Green, Hankins, Hasegawa, Holmquist, McAuliffe-Chair, Pridemore-Vice Chair Higher Education, Weinstein-Vice Chair
Kretz, Kristiansen, Lantz, McCune, Moeller, Morrell, Murray, Newhouse, O’Brien, Early Learning and K-12, Schmidt, Benton, Berkey, Carrell, Delvin, Eide,
Roach, Serben, Springer, Strow, Upthegrove Kohl-Welles, Mulliken, Pflug, Rasmussen, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Shin

Economic Development Agriculture & Trade Natural Resources, Ocean and Recreation
Linville-Chair, Pettigrew-Vice Chair, Kristiansen, Blake, Buri, Chase, Clibborn, Jacobsen-Chair, Doumit-Vice Chair, Oke, Fraser, Hargrove, Morton, Spanel,
Condotta, Dunn, Grant, Haler, Holmquist, Kenney, Kilmer, Kretz, McCoy, Stevens, Swecker
Morrell, Newhouse, Quall, Skinner, Strow, Sullivan, P., Wallace
Water, Energy and Environment
Education Poulsen-Chair, Rockefeller-Vice Chair, Morton, Fraser, Hewitt, Honeyford,
Quall-Chair, P. Sullivan-Vice Chair, Talcott, Anderson, Curtis, Haigh, Hunter, Mulliken, Pridemore, Regala
McDermott, Santos, Shabro, Tom
Ways and Means
Hood Canal, Select Committee Prentice-Chair, Fraser-Vice Chair Capital Budget, Doumit-Vice Chair Operating
Eickmeyer-Chair, McCoy-Vice Chair, Pearson, Appleton, Chase, Sump, Walsh Budget, Zarelli, Brandland, Fairley, Hewitt, Kohl-Welles, Parlette, Pflug,
Pridemore, Rasmussen, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Thibaudeau
Local Government
Simpson-Chair, Clibborn-Vice Chair, Schindler, Ahern, Ericks, Takko, Woods,


In order to be an active advocate it helps EXECUTIVE SESSION - A meeting of OPERATING BUDGET - Two-year plan
to know words such as, “Caucus” committee members to discuss and vote on for funding ongoing activities of state
“Hopper” and “Sine Die”. Here is a look bills they wish to report out of committee. agencies, except transportation.
at some of the legislature’s common used These meetings are open to the public but no
terms. testimony is taken. SINE DIE - To conclude a regular or special
session without setting a day to reconvene.
BUMPING - Slang term for suspending the FIRST READING - First of three readings
rules to allow a bill to be advanced from required to pass measures. Bills on first SPONSOR - Member offering a bill,
second to third reading without having the reading are introduced and referred to amendment, resolution, or memorial.
bill revert to the Rules Committee. standing committees.
ULCER GULCH - Slang term for area in
CAPITAL BUDGET - Appropriations made GALLERY - Areas of both chambers where the Legislative Building used by lobbyists
to state and local agencies for building and public visitors may observe the Legislature in and general public for telephone calls and
construction projects. session. messages.
CAUCUS - A meeting of members for a HOPPER - Box located in the bill drafting WHIP - An assistant to the majority or
body who belong to the same political party. area in which legislative measures are minority leader, the duties of the whip
deposited for introduction. include counting votes, checking attendance,
ENGROSSED BILL - A bill which reflects and maintaining caucus discipline on partisan
all amendments made in the house of its INTERIM - Time between regular issues and procedural questions.
origin. legislative sessions.
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Birds Eye View January 21, 2005 Page 9 of 10
Audubon Washington’s
Bird’s Eye View January 21, 2005 Page 10 of 10

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