We're a little more than two months away from the next session of the Washington State Legislature that starts January 8th. You can expect one of the big issues to be discussed to be the state's Climate Commitment Act, which includes cap and trade provisions. That's the word from 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins, who said Republicans warnings about the Climate Commitment Act a couple of years ago came true:
Hawkins says modifications to the act are being suggested, although he doubts the act will be completely scrapped, he says one place to look for reforms is the revenues from cap and trade auctions:
The Senator adds that making adjustments to cap and trade could lower gas prices in the state, but he adds lawmakers may not want to do that:
Hawkins says he's had talks with some lawmakers on the other side of the aisle who say they'd like to provide some sort of relief to citizens, perhaps a reduction in license fees, but nothing solid is in place.