Gov. Inslee's Climate Change Bill Passes Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A measure that would study the best practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is heading to Governor Inslee's desk.
The bill, proposed by Gov. Inslee, passed by the state House Monday would allow an outside consultant to review the state's ongoing efforts to cut carbon emissions and similar endeavors elsewhere. The consultant would then report back to the governor and legislative leaders.
The Republican-controlled Senate removed language in the original bill warning of the perils of climate change. House Democrats decided not to reintroduce that language, instead sending the bill to the governor.
Supporters say the measure would help Washington reach its target of reducing 2020 greenhouse gas emissions levels to those of 1990.