House Bill 1181 aims to improve Washington’s climate crisis response by amending the goals of Washington’s Growth Management Act, or GMA, to prioritize transportation systems that are efficient and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, would be required to release a comprehensive list of transportation guidelines by Dec. 31, 2025. If the GMA is updated, green spaces and open spaces would need to be retained and enhanced. A climate change goal would also be added, saying future state plans and regulations must, among other things, “foster resiliency to climate impacts and natural hazards.” The planned updates would be required to avoid creating or widening environmental health disparities.
Status: Bill is moving forward, introduced in the House Jan. 9