OLYMPIA – The Senate Local Government, Land Use & Tribal Affairs Committee will hear two bills sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) on Tuesday.

The bills would address issues important to Washington, including funding for affordable housing projects and increasing energy efficiency in residential properties.

  • Senate Bill 5312 would create a Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (R-PACER) Program, providing a financing option for homeowners to invest in renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements, such as solar panels, weatherization, and appliance upgrades.
  • Senate Bill 5334 would allow local governments to fund affordable housing programs through a special excise tax on the furnishing of short-term vacation rentals.

Both bills will be heard at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Members of the public interested in commenting, noting their position, or testifying on either bill can do so by visiting this website and selecting the Local Government, Land Use & Tribal Affairs meeting at 8 a.m. on Jan. 31.

The committee meeting will be available to watch live and archived on TVW.org