SB 6207

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.

C 148 L 18

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Clarifying the authority of port districts to offer programs relating to air quality improvement equipment and fuel programs that provide emission reductions for engines, vehicles, and vessels.

Sponsors: Senators Palumbo, Short and Sheldon.

Senate Committee on Local Government

House Committee on Local Government

Background: Port Districts. Port districts are municipal corporations with the authority to operate harbor improvements and facilities for rail, water, air, and motor vehicles. A port district may improve its lands by dredging, filling, bulkheading, providing waterways, or otherwise developing such lands for industrial and commercial purposes.

A district may also maintain and operate a facility for the control or elimination of air, water, or other pollution, including, but not limited to, facilities for the treatment and/or disposal of industrial wastes, and may make such facilities available to others under conditions and rates approved by the port commission. Conditions and rates must be sufficient to reimburse the port for all costs related to providing a pollution control facility. Ports may not use tax revenue to cover costs related to providing pollution control facilities.

Pollution control facilities do not include air quality improvement equipment that provide emission reductions for engines, vehicles, or vessels.

Summary: Pollution control facility is redefined to include programs and activities that are intended to reduce air pollution from:

Use of district funds for these programs and activities are deemed a governmental and public function, exercised for a public purpose and as a public necessity for promoting cleaner air. Statutory restrictions relating to condition, rates, and cost recovery do not apply to pollution control facilities provided as part of these programs.

Votes on Final Passage:








June 7, 2018