January 29, 2018
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SB 5191 & HB 2200: 'Internet privacy' bills would affect any business with an online presence

Most businesses in the state would fall under the regulation of a pair of bills that take a broad approach to the issue of internet privacy. AWB opposes SB 5919 and HB 2200 and is working to alert employers that, if they have any online presence, they are affected by this proposed legislation. Contact Mike Ennis to have your logo included in a one-pager on the issue.

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HB 2749: Rural broadband

Rural counties would have more funds to devote to broadband internet infrastructure under House Bill 2749.

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SB 6563: Aviation biofuels Senate Bill 6563

Senate Bill 6563 would reestablish the sustainable aviation biofuels work group, which is an issue of interest to a number of AWB members.

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SB 5667: Off-duty conduct

Senate Bill 5667 would effectively eliminate employer's zero-tolerance drug policy by putting in place protections for employees or prospective employees who engage in conduct that is legal under state law.

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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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