Agriculture bills being considered by Washington Legislature
A number of agriculture-related bills are currently under discussion at the Washington State Capitol, pictured above.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File
| March 5, 2023 1:00 AM
OLYMPIA — Several agriculture-related bills have been introduced in the 2023 session of the Washington Legislature, which started last week. Topics include fur farming, alternative energy resource impacts and pesticides.
A noncomprehensive list of agriculture-related proposed bills is below. Descriptions below are abridged.
An act increasing the Beef Commission’s levied assessment.
Sponsors: Sharon Shewmake (D- Bellingham).
Substitute SB 5156
Expanding the farm internship program.
Sponsors: Nikki Torres (R-Pasco), Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle), Sam Hunt (D-Olympia), Ron Muzzall (R-Whidbey Island), T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest), Emily Randall (D-Bremerton), Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville), Sharon Shewmake (D- Bellingham), Keith Wagoner (R-Sedro-Woolley), Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake), Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) and Lynda Wilson (R-Vancouver).
An act eliminating expedited processing of alternative energy resource facilities fueled by solar or wind energy on certain designated lands before the energy facility site evaluation council.
Sponsors: Matt Boehnke (R-Kennewick), Phil Fortunato (R-Auburn), Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), Shelly Short (R-Addy), Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake).
Creating a location-based branding and promotion program for Washington food and agricultural products.
Sponsors: Ron Muzzall (R-Whidbey Island), Sharon Shewmake (D- Bellingham), Kevin Van De Wege (D-Lake Sutherland), Nikki Torres (R-Pasco), Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake), Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), Marko Liias (D-Everett), Derek Stanford (D-Bothell), Claire Wilson (D-Auburn).
Cottage food operations, maximum sales limit for permit, department role.
Sponsors: Sharon Shewmake (D- Bellingham), Noel Frame (D-Seattle), Marko Liias (D-Everett), Joe Nguyen (D-White Center), Emily Randall (D-Bremerton), Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline).
Companion bills HB 1034 and SB 5161
Prohibiting fur farming.
Both bills have multiple sponsors.
Creating the pesticide advisory board.
Sponsors: Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake), Mike Chapman (D), Cindy Ryu (D), Chris Corry (R), Bryan Sandlin (R), Kristine Reeves (D), Larry Springer (D), Joe Schmick (R), Lauren Davis (D).