January 29, 2018
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Legislation of Note

SB 5191 & HB 2200: 'Internet privacy' bills would affect any business with an online presence

Provisions in two bills -- Substitute Senate Bill 5919 and Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2200 -- aim to address "internet privacy," but they would apply to more than just internet companies. The proposals would also affect any business that has an online presence, something business owners and leaders across the state may not be aware of as these bills are debated.

AWB Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis has put together an issue brief on the bills, explaining the business community's concerns with the measures.

How can you help? Lend your support to the AWB's efforts on these bills by adding your logo on the one-page issue brief. Your support for AWB's position could be the catalyst for lawmakers to include some of the business community's fixes to the bills.

The business community stands ready to work alongside lawmakers to craft a proposal that both meets the needs of consumers, and their privacy, as well as internet providers serving their customers.

For more information or to send your logo along to be included on the one-pager, please contact Ennis at 360.943.1600 or email him at MikeE@awb.org.

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Not the Solution

Look to B.C. for evidence carbon tax doesn't work

By Brier Dudley

If Washington wants to reduce pollution and fare better on its climate-change goals, it should reject Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed carbon tax.

Instead, the state should put its efforts into environmental regulations that directly and measurably reduce harmful emissions.

As proposed, the carbon tax is a grab bag of handouts for the powerful and politically connected, funded by a steep new tax largely on the middle class. Many of the handouts have dubious benefits in reducing emissions.

Carbon taxes also don't work as promised. North America's first such tax, in neighboring British Columbia, is failing to reduce emissions.

Emissions from driving are rising faster than population growth in B.C., despite a carbon tax higher than Inslee's proposal...

Read the full column The Seattle Times
Snake River Dams

Washington's dams balance clean energy needs, fish protections

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Construction of the four Lower Snake River dams -- Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite -- began in 1962. Back then, the focus was on the efficient production of energy, transporting goods and supplying water to Washington's vibrant agricultural sector.

Today, the dams produce 40 percent of the region's energy through clean hydropower generation, support agricultural production and transportation, and improve our quality of life by lifting the economy and supporting recreation. They are also integral to flood control.

Equally critical, they support healthy fish and wildlife populations and their complex life cycles, thanks to a series of improvements to the dams set out in Federal Columbia River Power System's (FCRPS) 2014 biological opinion, or BiOp...

Read the full guest column in The Spokesman-Review
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