House unanimously approves Abbarno timber sales reporting bill

A bill that would extend the reporting requirements on timber purchases from July 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2025 received unanimous support today by lawmakers in the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 1055 was co-sponsored by Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, and Rep. April Berg, D-Mill Creek.

“This isn't new legislation, but a renewal of a program that works, and a renewal of bipartisan cooperation — something we can always use more of,” said Abbarno.

State law requires every purchaser of more than 200,000 board feet of privately-owned timber to report the purchase to the Department of Revenue on or before the last day of the month in which the purchase took place.

“Information gathered by these reports helps to establish stumpage value tables for trees that are commercially harvested in Washington,” Abbarno added.

“Stumpage” is the standing tree before it has been severed from the stump. Abbarno said information from the reports also helps to determine excise taxes timber harvesters pay.

“This bipartisan bill is very important to the timber communities throughout the state and in the 20th District where the timber industry has a long history and tradition, economically and socially,” Abbarno said in a floor speech Friday. “Plainly speaking, it ensures that we have the most up to date information about timber sales and market prices.”

The measure passed 96-0. It now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

PHOTO: Rep. Peter Abbarno's image is projected into the House chamber as he speaks remotely in favor of House Bill 1055, which extends timber reporting requirements.

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