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May 21, 2024

Washington House of Representatives (WA House)

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New Wash. Law Seeks to Accelerate Electric School Bus Adoption

Washington is poised to start phasing in electric school buses after lawmakers approved a bill directing the Department of Ecology to help school districts convert their existing diesel fleets.

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Bill to Link Wash. Cap-and-trade with Calif.-Quebec Passes Both Houses
Washington’s Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved a bill that will allow the state’s cap-and-trade program to link up with the system shared by California and Quebec.
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Wash. Lawmakers Propose Credits to Defray Cap-and-invest Costs

Washington legislators are proposing to give the state’s utilities $150 million to be rebated back to residents to help them defray costs associated with the state’s cap-and-invest program.

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Bill Seeks to Study OSW Impact on Wash. Marine Ecosystem
A Washington lawmaker has introduced a bill to authorize a study to gauge the ecological impacts of offshore wind projects along the state’s coastline.
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Cap-and-invest to Loom Large in Wash. Legislative Session

Washington’s one-year-old cap-and-invest program will be one of the dominant issues during the state’s 2024 legislative session, which begins Jan. 8.

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Inslee Unveils Plans for $941M in Extra Wash. Cap-and-trade Revenue
Washington expects to collect $941 million in extra cap-and-invest program money in the first half of 2024, bringing overall income to roughly $3 billion in the first 18 months.
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Petition Drive Seeks to Repeal Wash. Cap-and-trade Program
Let’s Go Washington is collecting signatures on a petition asking the state Legislature to repeal the cap-and-trade program, which went into effect this year.
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Inslee Challenges Cap-and-trade Role in High Wash. Gas Prices

Washington’s Democratic leaders struck back at critics who blame the state’s 6-month-old cap-and-trade program for producing the highest gasoline prices in the U.S.

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Cap-and-trade Driving up Washington Gasoline Prices, Critics Say

Critics of Washington’s cap-and-trade system blame it for the state's high gas prices, but defenders say other factors are at play too.

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Washington Lawmakers Field Ideas on Shifting from Guzzlers to EVs
An engineering and consulting firm offered Washington state lawmakers on the Senate-House Joint Transportation Committee ideas on how to replace gas guzzlers with electric vehicles.

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