Environment Committee, Washington House of Representatives

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The Environment Committee is a standing committee of the Washington House of Representatives. The Environment Committee resulted from the reorganization of the Ecology and Parks Committee and the Environmental Health Committee.

Per Rule 23 of the House Rules, committee members of the House of Representatives are selected by the caucus of each party.[1] The chairs of the committees are selected by the majority party caucus.[1] The standing committees of the house have the powers of subpoena, to administer oaths, and to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses. [2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules

Function

The House Environment Committee considers issues relating to the State Environmental Policy Act, air quality, aquatic lands, oil spill prevention, recycling and solid waste, hazardous waste, toxics, climate change, and parks adn recreation. The committee also oversees the Puget Sound Partnership’s activities in Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

(Please note: This is a general description of issue areas considered by committees; not a definitive or exhaustive listing. It is provided solely to assist the public in understanding the general roles of House committees.)[3][4]

Membership

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Environment Members, 2013
Democratic members (8)Republican members (5)
Dave Upthegrove, ChairShelly Short
John McCoy, Vice-chairLiz Pike
Jessyn FarrellLarry Crouse
Jake FeyTerry Nealey
Ruth KagiJason Overstreet
Marko Liias
Jeff Morris
Steve Tharinger

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011-2012 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009-2010 legislative session.

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