ESB 5661 cleared another important hurdle this week. The bill passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday without a dissenting vote. This was huge for this bill considering we could not even get a hearing in that Committee on the House Companion Measure HB 1717 last year. It is clear with the strong vote coming out of the Senate, that this bill now has some serious legs. The next stop is House Rules and then to the Floor of the House for final passage. We have until March 2nd at 5:00 pm to get the bill out of the House. I personally know that the CCA and PSA lobbyist in Olympia are pulling out all the stops to see that this bill get’s to the Governor’s desk this year!!! Bear Holmes, a CCA Member was one of the panel members that testified in favor of this bill last Friday in Committee. Representatives from the Sierra Club, People for Puget Sound, Nature Conservancy, NW Straits Commission and WDFW also testified in support of this important bill.