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HB2057 went to the Washington House of Representatives on Jan 12th after being introduced initially on Feb 10, 2015. The wording of the bill is exactly the same as when it was first brought to the house.

The bill reads as follows:

AN ACT Relating to directing the department of ecology to conduct a study of light pollution that provides recommendations to the legislature on policy options to reduce light pollution; and creating a new section.


NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. (1) The department of ecology must complete a study that analyzes the current extent of light pollution that adversely affects the quality of the environment, the value of property, and the health and well-being of the public. The study must, at minimum, evaluate:

(a) The risks to public health, well-being, and the environment posed by light pollution;

(b) The locations in the state with the greatest prevalence of light pollution and the greatest impacts of light pollution on environmental quality, ecosystem function, and public well-being; and

(c) Policy options for addressing light pollution that have been adopted by other jurisdictions.

(2) By January 1, 2017, the department of ecology must submit a report containing its analysis and recommendations to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the legislature. The recommendations must include recommendations for policy changes to address light pollution.


Rep. Jessyn Farrell of Seattle is the prime sponsor of a bill calling for a study of light pollution in Washington. She is representative for the 46th district which covers areas of north Seattle including parts of the University district.

A bill that would direct the Washington State Department of Ecology to recommend ways to reduce light pollution in the state is scheduled to receive a hearing tomorrow before the House Environment Committee . The measure, HB 2057 , directs the department to complete a study of the environmental, […]