In his weekly address, House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox warns against ‘bad bills’ coming to the House floor

As the Legislature nears its halfway point Wednesday of a scheduled 105-day session, lawmakers are expected to vote on hundreds of bills passed by committees. House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox says that while some bills he characterized as “bad” are coming to the floor, several stand out.  John Sattgast reports.

SATTGAST: (:84)  In his weekly address to Washington, House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox called out four bills coming to the House floor for a vote that he said are bad for the state.

They include House Bill 1068, a measure Wilcox says attacks gun rights by limiting magazines to only 15 rounds.

WILCOX: (:09) “If your gun rights are vulnerable, all of your other rights are vulnerable as well. So we're going to be working hard for people that are gun owners and people that care about those other rights.”

SATTGAST: Wilcox said House Republicans would also be standing up against a California-style low carbon fuel standard that could raise gas prices by more than 13 cents a gallon.

WILCOX: (:13) “It addresses carbon in the most expensive possible way. We're going to fight against this. You should not have to pay 10 times as much to prevent a ton of carbon here as you would in more effective ways of carbon sequestration.”

Another bill Wilcox said House Republicans would oppose would mandate carbon-free electric utilities by 2045.

WILCOX: (:09) “We produce very little carbon in this state because we have so many other renewable energy sources. This adds a great deal to your costs.”

Wilcox says if that bill becomes law, it could add as much as $10-dollars a month to electric bills.  A fourth bill would mandate sex education from kindergarten through 12th grade with parents having to opt their children out.

Lawmakers will be spending much of their time between now and March 13 voting on legislation. That's the deadline for bills to be passed out of their house of origin. John Sattgast, Olympia. arch 1


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