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January 2023 Conservation Report

by Tim Manns

Washington State Legislature

The State Legislature’s 2023 session runs from January 9th to April 23rd.  In odd years, our legislators write the two-year state budget. Thus, there will be both policy and funding bills with implications for Audubon’s priorities. Skagit Audubon is one of 25 Audubon chapters in Washington State. Audubon Washington, the state office, chooses priorities for the legislative session.  For an overview of these for the 2023 session, go to Advocacy | Audubon Washington (scroll down to “Advocacy News Feed” and the article “Speak Up for the Birds this Legislative Session”.)  For more detail, see item number three on page two of the Skagit Audubon Conservation Notes for December 2022 (https://skagitaudubon.org/conservation/notes).  We anticipate there will be weekly updates on the progress of these priorities during the legislative session. Watch for these at Advocacy | Audubon Washington.

To track the progress of a given bill it’s helpful to know the bill’s number.  As of this writing in mid-December we do not yet know the numbers associated with Audubon Washington’s legislative priorities.  I will send those out when they are available plus links to more specific information about Audubon’s priorities. 

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