Legislative Issues Impacting BCHW in 2004
February 18, 2004
By: Gjurasic & Kohn, Public Affairs Consultants

 

UPDATE ON BILLS OF INTEREST- Trailers Fees; State Parks Centennial Advisory Committee; Nova Task Force Bills; Off-Road Vehicles; Budget Bills; And Other Legislation.

 

Last night was the cut-off for bills passing out of the House of origin.  Below is the bill status on priority issues.

 

1. TRAILER FEE BILLS: ALL THESE BILLS DIED.
Background:  Prior to 2002, personal use trailers under 2,000 pounds were exempt from paying vehicle registration fees.  They paid $4.50 for an original registration and $3.25 for a renewal registration. In the 2002 session, the Legislature repealed the statute that exempted small trailers from paying vehicle registration fees.  Because of this, small trailers became subject to the $30
vehicle  registration fee and, in certain counties, became subject to the local licensing fees.  The State Parks and Recreation Commission recently implemented a day-use parking fee of $5 per day, or $50 for an annual pass.  The State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Funding Task Force recommended that the Legislature consider extending the watercraft excise tax to motor homes and travel trailers.

 

SB 6110 Authorizing a reduced license fee for personal use trailers. Sponsors: Senators Benton  

Status: DEAD- in Rules; passed out of Senate Highways and Transportation committee.

 

HB 1142 Funding capital improvements and maintenance of state parks and outdoor recreation lands.  Sponsors: Representatives McIntire

Status: DEAD- Heard but not passed out of the House Fisheries, Ecology and Parks committee.

 

HB 1452 Prescribing license fees for small trailers. Sponsors: Representatives Rockefeller 

Status: DEAD- Heard but not passed out of House Transportation committee. 

 

HB 2143 Prescribing license and trip permit fees for small trailers. Sponsors: Representatives Upthegrove

Status: DEAD- Not heard in House Transportation committee.

 

SB 5775 Providing funding for state parks and outdoor recreation facilities. Sponsors: Senators Oke

Status: DEAD- Not heard in Ways & Means; heard in the Senate Parks, Fish and Wildlife committee.

  

SB 6001 Legalizing a motor vehicle, travel trailer, and boat trailer combination.  Sponsors: Senator Benton  

Status: DEAD- in the Senate Rules committee.

 

SB 6069 Providing personal use trailer license fees.  Sponsors: Senator McCaslin 

Status: DEAD- never heard in Senate Highways and Transportation committee. 

 

2. STATE PARKS CENTENNIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE- BOTH ARE ALIVE

SB 6372 State Parks Centennial Advisory Committee                

Status: IN HOUSE:  Senate passed; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.           

HB 2696 State Parks Centennial Advisory Committee              

Status: House passed; yeas, 95; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 3.

Provide for the creation of a State Parks Centennial Advisory committee to assist in the planning for the implementation of State Parks' Centennial 2013 Plan. 

 

3. NOVA TASK FORCE BILLS- BOTH ARE ALIVE

SHB 2489 Concerning nonhighway and off-road vehicles

Status: House passed; yeas, 84; nays, 12; absent, 0; excused, 2.                      

SB 6234 Concerning nonhighway and off-road vehicles

Status: Senate passed; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.         

These are the NOVA Task Force bills, implementing the consensus recommendations of the Task Force. 

 

4. OFF-ROAD VEHICLES- ALL ARE ALIVE

SHB 2356 Allowing off-road vehicles on nonhighway roads      

Status: House passed; yeas, 96; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 2. 

SHB 2506 Allowing access roads across state lands

Status: House passed; yeas, 94; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 4. 

SHB 2919 Adjusting ORV permit fees                                         

Status: House passed; yeas, 80; nays, 16; absent, 0; excused, 2. 

 

5. BUDGET BILLS - WILL COME  OUT NEXT WEEK MOST LIKELY

HB 2459 Operating supplemental budget                                    

SB 6187 Operating supplemental budget            

These are the supplemental operating budget bills.  DNR's recreation access program funded for dozens of outdoor recreation facilities is at stake.    

HB 2573 Capital supplemental budget                                            [

SB  6233 Capital supplemental budget                            

These are the supplemental capital budget bills. Funds at risk: Cama Beach State Park funding, replenishing of the State Parks' emergency and unforeseen needs account, additional funding for the South Cle Elum Railroad Depot project, and clarification of the use of day-use fees in meeting deferred maintenance needs in the state parks generating those revenues.

 

6. PENSION BILLS OF INTEREST- ONE BILL ALIVE

HB 2537 Public safety employees' retirement system plan 2    

Status: passed; yeas, 97; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1

 SB 6246 Public Safety pension reform bill supports state park rangers. 

Status: Died in Ways & Means

Public Safety pension reform bill supports state park rangers. 

 

7. PROTECTING BIRD AREAS- ONE BILL ALIVE

SHB 2650 Recognizing important bird areas      

Status: House passed; yeas, 95; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 3                                               

SSB 6342 Recognizing important bird areas                                                                  

Status: Died in Rules

These are Audubon Washington's bills to help protect important bird areas in Washington

 

8. HABITAT CONSERVATION PROGRAMS  - BOTH BILLS ALIVE

SHB  2275    Expanding criteria for habitat conservation programs

Status: House passed; yeas, 64; nays, 33; absent, 0; excused, 1

2SSB 6082   Expanding criteria for habitat conservation programs 

Status: Senate passed; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.

 

9. OTHER LEGISLATION

HB 2454 Allowing DNR to accept voluntary contributions          

Status: House passed; yeas, 96; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 2.

SSB 6242 Statewide strategy for land acquisitions                    

Status: Senate passed; yeas, 49; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 0. 

SSB 6333 Opening state parks to use of metal detectors         

Status: Died in Rules