Carlyle promises bold agenda on climate change in 2019 session

December 5th, 2018|

RENTON – Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) promised to present a bold agenda to address climate change when lawmakers return to Olympia in January for the 2019 legislative session.

Carlyle made the pledge after Senate Democrats chose him to chair the newly reconfigured Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee.*

“I’m proud to continue tackling the tough issues of building up our energy infrastructure and addressing climate change, which is a priority for the people of Washington,” said Carlyle, who chaired the Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee during the 2018 legislative session. “As the recent federal National Climate Assessment report shows, there is no more pressing issue. I’m excited to partner with the governor and colleagues in the House and Senate to lead the state forward, and in the coming weeks we’ll be presenting an agenda for bold action.”

Carlyle will also continue to play a key role on the budget-writing Senate Ways & Means Committee next session, where he said addressing housing affordability will also be a priority, and he will join the Senate Rules Committee.

Senate Democrats released committee assignments for the 2019 legislative session last Wednesday following a vote in which they elected the most diverse leadership team in the history of the Washington State Legislature.

*This statement has been revised to reflect an update in the committee’s name.