January 15, 2018
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Legislation of Note

SB 5919 and HB 2200: Internet privacy

Substitute Senate Bill 5919 and House Bill 2200 relate to the regulation of collection of consumer information on the internet at the state level. The concept of protecting consumer online privacy has been under the purview of the federal government for three decades. Creating a two-tiered compliance system – one federal and one state – with SSB 5919 and HB 2200 adds to confusion with compliance and makes Washington state an outlier in the nation.

AWB opposes these pieces of legislation and asks that the committees not move the bills, instead inviting all stakeholders to the table to help develop a measured approach to a clear problem.

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.

Contact Mike Ennis, AWB government affairs director for telecom issues, to learn more.

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Fix Hirst, Support Manufacturers

Support rural Washington

By The Wenatchee World Editorial Board

The Puget Sound region's economy is booming. But across the state, the post-recession economic recovery has been uneven. Much of rural Washington is still struggling, with higher rates of unemployment and comparatively modest economic gains.

Fixing Hirst and delivering tax relief to manufacturers will help expand our state's prosperity to rural counties.

Read the full editorial in The Wenatchee World
Costly and Unnecessary

No sense in carbon tax

By The (Longview) Daily News Editorial Board

Gov. Inslee is urging legislators to pass a $20 per ton carbon tax during the current legislative session. We urge you to call your local legislators and tell them to vote "no" on carbon tax legislation.

If passed, money raised from a carbon tax reportedly would fund schools; provide incentives for renewable energy, such as solar energy; be applied to research for new clean technologies; manage storm water runoff; help prevent forest fires; and more.

While all of these issues are worthwhile, the effects of a carbon tax on citizens and businesses far outweighs the benefits, which is why we don't support the tax.

The governor's staff indicated a carbon tax likely will increase power rates 4 percent to 5 percent for electricity, 9 percent to 11 percent for natural gas and 6 percent to 9 percent for gasoline.

If a carbon tax law is passed, utilities such as the Cowlitz PUD, will be negatively impacted and we believe the power rate increases would be pushed much higher than the governor's staff estimates. Citizens and businesses can't afford those types of increases...

Read the full editorial in The Daily News
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