Five bills written by Rep. Davina Duerr pass the House and head to the Senate

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Rep. Davina Duerr, 1st LD
From Rep. Davina Duerr - 1st LD

Five of the bills I wrote passed the House and are now being considered in the Senate.

All five have hearings scheduled, which is a great sign. Any bill that doesn’t get a hearing definitely won’t pass the committee.

Affordable housing (House Bill 2071)—This legislation makes it easier and cheaper to build multi-family homes, up to six-plexes. We desperately need to build more affordable housing, and this is one change that could make a real difference for families.

Buy Clean, Buy Fair (House Bill 1282)—Buildings are actually the second-leading cause of greenhouse gases after transportation. This bill collects data on embodied carbon with building materials used in our state, which is the first step toward a solution.

Energy labeling (House Bill 1433)—When you buy a new car, there’s a sticker on the window with the price, features, and miles per gallon. Why not have the same kind of label for on homes for sale? It’s probably the biggest purchase of your life, and the yearly utility costs are good to know. This legislation allows cities to require that information be available at sale.

King County exemption (House Bill 2044)—Local governments around the state have had the power to use levy revenue to support essential services. Yet for years, local governments in King County were excluded by state law. This legislation removes that exclusion and restores flexibility with voter-approved levies.

Refrigerant gases (House Bill 2401)— Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas. But there are common chemicals far, far worse than carbon dioxide. The fluorinated refrigerant gases used in your air conditioners, heat pumps, and supermarkets have 2,000 to 4,000 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide. This legislation will help recover, reclaim, and re-use these gases instead of venting them into our atmosphere.

Contact Me
Davina serves as Chair of the Local Government Committee and as a member of the Environment & Energy and Transportation committees.

Rep. Duerr represents the the 1st Legislative District, which includes Bothell, Brier, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Alderwood Manor, Cathcart, Clearview, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Maltby.


Anonymous,  February 26, 2024 at 12:28 AM  

"Cities and counties may require that the owner of a single family residence obtain and make available a home energy performance report before the residence may be publicly advertised for sale."

It's not enough that the Legislature increased the real estate excise tax a few sessions ago. Now they want to further increase the cost of selling a home with even more regulatory burden.

Does anyone believe that a formulaic energy score is going to accurately reflect the utility costs to the new homeowners? Seattle City Light raised rates 9.5% at the beginning of 2024, and Shoreline Wastewater Utility raised the local portion of your sewer bill a whopping 11% if memory serves. Neither received much if any mention in local news, but those sharp increases dwarf 2023 inflation.

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