SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Amended by House, March 2, 2018
Title: An act relating to the federal lands revolving account.
Brief Description: Concerning the federal lands revolving account.
Sponsors: Senators Hawkins, Rolfes, Van De Wege and Takko; by request of Department of Natural Resources.
Committee Activity: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks: 1/15/18, 1/18/18 [DP].
Passed Senate: 1/24/18, 49-0.Passed House: 3/02/18, 98-0.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, WATER, NATURAL RESOURCES & PARKS
Majority Report: Do pass.
Signed by Senators Van De Wege, Chair; McCoy, Vice Chair; Warnick, Ranking Member; Honeyford and Nelson.
Staff: Curt Gavigan (786-7437)
Background: Under Congressionally-authorized good neighbor agreements, certain federal agencies may enter into cooperative agreements with states to perform forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration services on federal lands. Examples of qualifying project types include treatments for diseased trees, hazardous fuels reduction, and activities to improve watershed health.
Any specific projects conducted under an agreement must be developed under a collaborative process between the state and federal agency. The federal agencies must complete federal environmental review even where the state is to conduct project implementation.
Summary of Engrossed Bill: The Federal Lands Revolving Account (account) is created as a non-appropriated, interest retaining, account where the Commissioner of Public Lands (Commissioner) or a designee may authorize expenditures. The account receives any income from good neighbor agreements, legislative transfers, gifts, grants, and federal funds provided for good neighbor agreements. The Commissioner can use the account to pay for planning and implementing good neighbor agreements, including administrative costs and goods and services.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: The bill contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: The federal government has authorized good neighbor agreements between the federal and state governments, which will be helpful to implement forest health work. The state and federal government have entered into this relationship, and are working to plan projects for the coming year. The forest service now spends so much of its capacity on fire, the state will gain greatly from assisting with projects on federal land.
Persons Testifying: PRO: Senator Brad Hawkins, Prime Sponsor; Jason Callahan, Washington Forest Protection Association; Darin Cramer, DNR; Scott Richards, Nature Conservancy; Heath Heikkila, American Forest Resource Council.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.
EFFECT OF HOUSE AMENDMENT(S):
Renames the Federal Lands Revolving Account, which is administered by DNR, as the Natural Resources Federal Lands Revolving Account.
Creates the Fish and Wildlife Federal Lands Revolving Account, which is administered by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. This account receives revenue and pays expenditures in the same manner as the Natural Resources Federal Lands Revolving Account.