Here’s the latest news from Robin Briggs, at Seattle Climate News

Sound Transit

West Seattle/Ballard Link Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is open for public comment until April 28. Online public meetings are scheduled, as well as a possible in-person corridor wide open house on March 17 from 12-7pm at Union Station.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Interbay/Ballard focused)

  • Tuesday, March 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Downtown focused)

  • Thursday, March 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (CID/SODO focused)

  • Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (West Seattle focused)

King County

Council committees have been tweaked. There is now a Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee chaired by Rod Dembowski. Local Services and Land Use is chaired by newly-elected Councilmember Sarah Perry.

State

A draft version of the new Commercial Energy Code is open for public comment, now thru March 11. They are considering a proposal that would dramatically reduce emissions from new commercial buildings by restricting fossil fuel equipment and requiring clean, efficient heat pumps for space and water heating. More information from ShiftZero here.

A series of important deadlines in the Legislative Session are coming up. Deadline for passing bills out of their policy committee is Feb 3 (Weds). Deadline for fiscal committees is Feb 7. And deadline for passing house of origin is Feb 15.

SB 5042 GMA Sprawl loophole bill – passed the Senate

SB 5510 – Extends time for renewal of Transportation Benefit District sales tax to 10 years – in Senate Rules

SB 5707 – Extend authorization of Seattle to use automated camera enforcement by two years – in Senate Rules

HB 2026 – Concerning vehicle per mile charge – in House Transportation