2012 Regular Legislative Session Day 12 Continued

Well it’s official, I’m not headed home this weekend. Here’s the forecast for the Western Slopes of the Cascades …

SNOW AT TIMES. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 7 INCHES. SNOW LEVEL NEAR THE SURFACE IN THE NORTH CASCADES AND PASSES…RISING TO 4000 FEET ON THE WESTERNMOST PEAKS. AFTERNOON PASS TEMPERATURES IN THE 20S. EAST WIND IN THE PASSES 15 TO 25 MPH EXCEPT LOCALLY WINDY WITH EAST WIND TO 35 MPH IN THE APPROACHES TO THE PASSES.

And for the Eastern Slopes …

WIDESPREAD LIGHT FREEZING RAIN…RAIN…SNOW AND LIGHT SLEET. NEW SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES. NEW ICE ACCUMULATION OF UP TO ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH. HIGHS 23 TO 32. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.

Ugh!

The worse part of not getting home this weekend is missing the Yakima Association of Realtors (YAR) Installation Banquet. I’m sure going to miss seeing everyone.

I’m sitting in the Environment Committee right now. First up on the agenda, a Work Session on locally-based strategies and governance for cleaning up Puget Sound. Apparently the Green River Watershed/Central Puget Sound needs $300 million over 10 years to implement watershed plans and salmon recovery plans. Ok, so what part of”We’re Broke” don’t you get?

Up next on the agenda … HB 2277 related to the Puget Sound Action Agenda. Yet another”black hole” for spending. They’ve already blown through millions of dollars just developing the Action Agenda.

Also on the Agenda, HB 2404 reducing the use of disposable checkout bags. Yes that right, facing a $1.5 billion deficit and we’re going to outlaw plastic bags. Retails who fail to comply with the ban would face a Class I Civil infraction.

And finally, HB 2450 adopting the Washington small rechargeable battery stewardship act. This jewel of a bill does three main things. First, it requires manufacturers and marketers to participate in a recycling program. Second, it requires retailers to use signs or other mechanisms to inform consumers of recycling programs. Lastly, it prohibits retailers from selling rechargeable batteries that are not marked with an identification of the manufacturer or marketer. At some point the madness must stop.

Oh and before I forget, the power is out at the Capital and most travel is shut down around the state, yet we’re still having hearings on bills. So much for government of the people, by the people and for the people.

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