WA State URGENT CALL TO ACTION! HB 2009 You MUST protect your property rights against the environmental justice warriors

By C. Brown

We just got back in town, and saw this, today, and we really  need your help.  There are so many  bad Bills going through Olympia right now, that it is hard to keep up with them all!  This Bill is being considered, tomorrow – Tuesday Feb. 19th, so time is short to stop this. The link to the Bill in question is below, but I have highlighted in red, some of the concerning components in this Bill.  It is an Agenda 21/Agenda 2030 dream come true, and is going to impact how you can use your property, where you can live, drive your vehicles/off-road ATVs, hunt, fish, camp, gold prospect, drag/car race, your occupation, and is full of socialism.  It involves sexual orientation, commerce, ecology, department of transportation, department of health. It talks about “maintaining a balanced and diverse distribution of ethnic, geographic, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status,and occupational representation, where practicable.” It also requires data collection on people’s health and hospital visits, among other things.  If you too, are concerned about this far, over-reaching Bill passing, please, please, please!  call the number below and ask the committee and  your representatives to vote NO! on  HB 2009.  You can also contact the committee, so here are the Bill’s sponsors:

By Representatives Reeves, Lekanoff, Thai, Gregerson, Jinkins, Ortiz-Self, Ryu, Doglio, Valdez, Stanford, Chapman, Shewmake, Santos,Fitzgibbon, Fey, Appleton, Slatter, Senn, Pettigrew, Pollet, Stonier,Pellicciotti, Tarleton, Frame, Leavitt, and MacriRead first time 02/11/19. Referred to Committee on State Government& Tribal Relations.

If you go to this link, (just below) you will see the above names, in green.  Click on each name and you can contact them with your opinion of this Bill. If you are short of time, please, at least call.  I have called the 800 number listed in blue, below,  and a very  nice lady, who takes your information and comments, suggested that we quickly share this information and have people call to oppose it.  She didn’t sound like she agreed with this Bill, either.  I appreciate each of you who will read this Bill, or at least what I’ve highlighted below, and at call.  It will go to the committee names above.  She said that most of the calls have been to oppose, but it takes a lot of NOs to impact the decisions, in Olympia.  Thank you!! (^: Carol Brown PCO 426

http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2009.pdf

From CAPR

URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

In this current legislative session, an unimaginable climate of taking for social and environmental justice is rampant!  These people are serious!

You MUST protect your property rights against the environmental justice warriors by calling

800 562 6000 today !

HB 2009 creates a mandate that you share in environmental responsibility to enhance the environment, and a “wide sharing of life’s amenities”.

” Therefore, the legislature finds that it is necessary to incorporate environmental justice principles into the operations and activities of state agencies in order to achieve state policies of assuring all people of Washington safe, healthful, productive, and aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings, assuring the right of all Washington residents to a healthful environment, and achieving a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and wide sharing of life’s amenities, including through a task force on environmental justice, and agency analysis and consideration of environmental justice in decision making.” https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2009&Year=2019&Initiative=False

This bill has had a public hearing and is scheduled to have an executive committee action on Tuesday February 19th!

CALL AND TELL THE LEGISLATURE DO NOT PASS THIS BILL!
Note from Carol:  Some of the formatting is wonky, due to copy/pasting.

The legislature recognizes that it is:

state policy to encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between;

humankind and the environment; to promote efforts which will prevent

or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere; and to

stimulate the health and welfare of human beings.

Assure for all people of Washington safe, healthful, productive, and aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings;

Multiple agency actions recognize the need for public; participation and outreach including, but not limited to, education, rule making, enforcement, permitting, grant making, planning, and other government actions.

plans, functions, programs, and resources to the end that the state:

and its citizens may:

(a) Fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee of3the environment for succeeding generations;

(b) Assure for all people of Washington safe, healthful, productive, and aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings;

(c) Maintain, wherever possible, an environment which supports diversity and variety of individual choice; and

(d) Achieve a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and a wide sharing of life’s amenities.

(4) The legislature has further recognized that all citizens of the state have a fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful environment and that each person has a responsibility to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the environment.

(5) The legislature finds that there are communities and residents that face greater barriers to a healthy environment because of cumulative environmental hazards and population vulnerabilities.

(6) The legislature further finds that a fundamental principle of environmental justice and our democracy is that people most impacted by government actions should have advance notice of government decisions that could impact them, a clear understanding of the options and their impacts, and a meaningful opportunity to provide input and be heard before decisions are made.

(7) Multiple agency actions recognize the need for public participation and outreach including, but not limited to, education, rule making, enforcement, permitting, grant making, planning, and other government actions. However, individuals and organizations representing vulnerable populations often face barriers to participation such as limited time, lack of funds for technical experts and reviews, ability to attend meetings that conflict with work, parenting, child care responsibilities, and language barriers.

(8) While state agencies have identified a need to more effectively target their implementation and enforcement actions and funding opportunities to those areas and populations in the state that face greater exposure and susceptibility to environmental burdens, there is limited understanding of which communities across the state are most likely highly impacted.

(9) Therefore, the legislature finds that it is necessary to incorporate environmental justice principles into the operations and HB 2009

achieving a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and wide sharing of life’s amenities, including through a task force on environmental justice, and agency analysis and consideration of environmental justice in decision making.

(c) Exposure to hazards made worse by changes in the climate,such as water stress and drought, flooding, wildfire, air quality,
ocean acidification, and infectious disease.

Activities of state agencies in order to achieve state policies of assuring all people of Washington safe, healthful, productive, and aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings, assuring the right of all Washington residents to a healthful environment, and achieving a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and wide sharing of life’s amenities, including through a task force on environmental justice, and agency analysis and consideration of environmental justice in decision making.

NEW SECTION.Sec. 2. The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) “Cumulative impact analyses” refers to analyses required under section 5 of this act.

(2) “Environmental burdens” means the cumulative risks to communities caused by historic and current:

(a) Exposure to conventional and toxic hazards in the air, water, and land;

(b) Adverse environmental effects, which include environmental conditions caused or made worse by contamination or pollution or that  create vulnerabilities to climate impacts; and (c) Exposure to hazards made worse by changes in the climate such as water stress and drought, flooding, wildfire, air quality, ocean acidification, and infectious disease.

(3) “Environmental justice” means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

(4) “Equity analyses” refer to analyses that can be used to determine or evaluate environmental justice.

(5) “Fair treatment” means that no group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear disproportionately high exposure to pollution or adverse human health or environmental impacts and all groups of people have appropriate access to meaningful public participation in decisions that affect their environment.

(6) “Highly impacted communities” are those communities designated by state agencies based on cumulative impact analyses p. 3 required under section 5 of this act, and census tracts that are fully or partially on Indian country as defined in 18 U.S.C. Sec.

1151.(7) “Precautionary approach” means that where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty is not used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation.

(8) “State agency” means a state agency that is represented on the task force created under section 4 of this act.

(9) “Vulnerable populations” are communities that experience disproportionate cumulative risk from environmental burdens due to:

(a) Adverse socioeconomic factors, including unemployment, high housing and transportation costs relative to income, access to food and health care, and linguistic isolation; and

(b) Sensitivity factors, such as low birth weight and higher rates of hospitalization.

NEW SECTION.Sec. 3. To ensure implementation and adherence to state policies of fostering and promoting the general welfare by assuring all people of Washington have a safe and healthful environment and serving as trustee of the environment for succeeding generations, the state agencies represented on the task force created under section 4 of this act shall use all practicable means and measures to promote environmental justice and fair treatment.

(x) Three members from an organization, appointed by the co chairs specified under (b) of this subsection, the nominations of which are based upon maintaining a balanced and diverse distribution of ethnic, geographic, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, and occupational representation, where practicable.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  (1)(a) A task force on recommending strategies for incorporating environmental justice principles into
how the state agencies represented on this task force discharge their responsibilities is established, with members as provided in this

subsection.28

(i) The director of the department of commerce, or his or her 29 designee;
(ii) The director of the department of ecology, or his or her designee;

(iii) The executive director of the Puget Sound partnership, or  his or her designee;
(iv) The secretary of the department of transportation, or his or her designee;
(v) The secretary of the department of health, or his or her designee; p. 4 HB 2009

vi  The secretary of the utilities and transportation commission, or his or her designee;
(vii) The chair of the governor’s interagency council on health disparities, or his or her designee;
(viii) The commissioner of public lands, or his or her designee; A member from an organization representing statewide
environmental justice interests, appointed by the governor;Three members from an organization, appointed by the co chairs specified under (b) of this subsection, the nominations of which are upon maintaining a balanced and diverse distribution of ethnic,
geographic, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status,and occupational representation, where practicable.

(h) Methods for establishing a target level of environmental health for each community in Washington state, qualitative at the resolution of the county level or greater and quantitative at the census tract level or greater;
(i) Recommendations for criteria for identifying and addressing any gaps in current research and data collection to inform agency actions, refine the common cumulative impact methodology, and identify factors that may impede the achievement of environmental justice; and

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.  Sections 2 through 5 of this act constitute a new chapter under Title 43 RCW.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7.  This act may be known and cited as the HEAL act of 2019.20

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