Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3245A Streamlines City Comprehensive Plan Changes

VOTE: YES – Governor Signed – Allows city governing body to authorize planning commission or hearings officer to conduct hearings and make decisions on applications for amendments to city comprehensive plan. Authorizes appeal of decision to city governing body.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2269A Modifies Business Fees Subject to Clean Air Act

Governor signed – Adds fee schedule for business subject to federal operating permit program under Title V of federal Clean Air Act and a one-time supplemental fee. Authorizes the state to receive funds according to the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement and establishes grants and loans for diesel engine replacement or retrofit (similar to SB 1008).

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2711A Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Extends moratorium until December 31, 2027, on use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and production, excluding coal bed methane extraction wells.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3312 Freezes Minimum Environmental Regulations

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to establish environmental regulations at least as stringent as those provided under federal law on January 19th, 2017.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 608 Expanding Urban Growth Boundary

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Allows local governments to expand the Urban Growth Boundary when the number of new households in a jurisdiction exceed the number of new housing units and vacancy rates drop below six percent.