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Urgent Call to Action: Require Monofilament Fishing Line Collection and Recycling

Carelessly discarded monofilament fishing line can present a serious threat to humans and wildlife. Birds and other wildlife can become entangled, resulting in strangulation, starvation, amputation, and death. Because it's transparent, monofilament fishing line can also present a serious risk to human swimmers and divers who encounter it.

SB 6080 is a bill that would require a pilot program be implemented for the collection, recovery, and recycling of monofilament fishing line at established fishing areas, boat ramps, and other locations.

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A hearing on SB 6080 is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. before the Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee.

We encourage you to support this bill by testifying at the hearing in favor of the bill, submitting written testimony to the committee, or both.

Here's what you can do--your help IS needed!
  • Please try to attend the hearing and bring any others who support this bill. Sign in, indicating you support the bill (pro). You are not required to testify, but may sign up to do so.
  • If you testify, please keep your testimony brief. Because there are hearings on other bills during that committee meeting, your testimony may be limited to one or two minutes.
  • Written testimony is welcome. Provide your written testimony the committee staff when you enter the hearing room. Please bring 14 copies of your testimony so there are plenty of copies for committee members and staff.  
  • If you cannot attend the hearing and wish to submit comments by email, you may do so. Please be sure to reference the bill's name (concerning a fishing line or monofilament recycling pilot program), the bill number (SB 6080) and your name, address, and affiliation (if any). Please keep your comments brief. You may submit your comments to the committee by emailing them to Adam Day atadam.day@leg.wa.gov. Mr. Day is the legislative assistant for Senator Mark Mullet, the prime sponsor of SB 6080, and he will provide your comments to members of the Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee. If you would prefer to directly contact each of the committee members, you may do so. Members of the committee are listed here. You'll find their email addresses listedhere. Note: Your comments should be submitted by January 21, 2014.

Please note that committee hearings are subject to change. Before attending this hearing, please confirm that its time, date, and location have not been changed. You can view the committee's hearing schedule here

On behalf of PAWS and the animals in our community, thank you!

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