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Issue Position: Energy, Natural Resources & Marine Waters

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Recent steps toward protecting and managing our natural resources:

Washington's energy production capacity, natural resources and marine waters are each critical economic drivers for not just the state, but the entire Pacific Northwest. The state's natural resources are also a foundation for the state's extraordinary quality of life. Legislation proposed and passed by Senate Democrats reflects these priorities, reforming the state's Discover Pass, providing for the proper management of marine waters and making adjustments to the state's renewable energy act to make it more effective.

Discover Pass reform -- Allows the pass to be transferable between two vehicles and creates a new Family Discover Pass. Reforms are designed to increase marketability of the pass, and in turn sales, to keep the gates open at state parks. HB 2373

Discover Pass funding -- Provides increased funding for operation and maintenance of state recreation lands by directing fines from Discover Pass violations from local jurisdictions and the general fund to the Recreation Access Pass Account. SB 6387

Marine management planning -- Removes roadblocks from marine spatial planning legislation passed two years ago, allowing the state, coastal counties and industry to take advantage of opportunities to leverage private, state and federal support. SB 6263

Proposed electrical generation -- Removes a barrier to investment by narrowly reforming the state's renewable energy initiative to provide clarity as to whether prospective projects will meet renewable energy requirements. SB 6414

Wild carnivore management -- Modifies large carnivore management policies by making intentional feeding of certain large carnivores unlawful, giving landowners the authority to protect their livestock and authorizing state compensation for livestock damage in certain circumstances. HB 2365 (did not pass)

Natural resource management -- Updates provisions relating to natural resource management and regulatory programs. SB 6406

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