Dear Friends and Neighbors,
A controversial bill is making its way through the Legislature. House Bill 1110, proposed by the governor, would implement a California-style low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The bill seeks to authorize, by rule, the state Department of Ecology to create a clean fuel program to reduce carbon pollution. Essentially, it would change the make-up of motor fuel sold in Washington state. On the surface, that sounds like it could be a good thing.
Here's the problem: The costs far outweigh the benefits. If approved by the Legislature, the LCFS would raise the cost of gas by up to 57 cents per gallon and diesel by 63 cents—while having a negligible effect on the environment.
This would hurt our economy and result in job losses across the state. Higher gas prices are regressive. They hit low-income families the hardest—especially in rural areas where people are forced to travel long distances to get to work, school and health care.
After two lengthy House floor debates, the measure passed by a vote of 52 to 44, with 2 excused. It now moves to the Senate for consideration. If you oppose this bill, I encourage you to take action by calling the legislative hotline at 1 (800) 562-6000 or by contacting members of the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee.
Watch my remarks during the LCFS House floor debate or my recent legislative video update on the LCFS by clicking below.
Telephone Town Hall tonight!
During this short 60-day session, we are debating and voting on hundreds of bills that could impact the people of the 14th District. That's why we need to hear from you!
Please consider joining Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, and myself for a telephone town hall tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Similar to a call-in radio talk program, listeners can dial (509) 408-2384 anytime during the telephone town hall to listen and ask questions.
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
DIAL: (509) 408-2384. Press * (star key) to ask a question.
Need more information? Call my Olympia office at (360) 786-7810.
Stay in touch!
Your comments and feedback are valuable to me. Contact me anytime. Also, if you are planning a visit to the state Capitol, be sure to set up a time for us to meet. My contact information is at the bottom of this update.
It's an honor to serve you!