I-522 Won’t be Passed by Legislature, Senate Ag Chairman Says – Means Washington Poised for Repeat of Unsuccessful California Campaign
Looks like it’s California all over again as Washington becomes the next battleground in a national environmental crusade to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. After the Golden State narrowly rejected a labeling initiative last year, a near-identical measure has qualified for the Washington ballot. And following a courtesy hearing in the Senate that offered a preview of the campaign to come, the Ag chairman says there won’t be a vote in the Legislature on I-522 — making the public vote inevitable.
After Decades of Talk, Still Not Very Business-Friendly – ‘One-Stop’ Site Provides Just 16 Percent of State Licenses, Not Much Streamlining Going On
After more than 20 years of promises to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden on business, what does the state have to show for it? A botched, half-finished job, says a new report from the state auditor’s office. You can’t find what you need on the Web, and what’s there is hard to find. Efforts to “streamline” rules are a low priority and no one tracks results. “Talk is fine and talk is cheap, but we need to see the action,” says Auditor Brian Sonntag.
Legally, EPA has until October 5th to either file a petition to the original three-judge panel who would rehear its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule revised arguments, or it could ask for the full bench to listen to its side.
Tax for Polluted Sites Becomes $300 Million Catch-All Fund, Pays for Unrelated Environmental Programs, Bails Out Budget – Lawsuit Would Divert Most Spending to Highways
A 24-year-old environmental “cleanup” tax that has become a catch-all fund for the Department of Ecology and cash-strapped lawmakers is under attack in the state Supreme Court. Tim Hamilton’s service-station operators say it’s a gas tax in all but name — but they wouldn’t have sued if people hadn’t gotten piggy.