Tuesday, state lawmakers held a public hearing in Spokane about a senate bill on oil train safety. It came about a week after the governor ordered state agencies to study risks from oil spills. Instead of addressing the senate bill, or governor’s order, the hearing primarily served as an update from the oil industry.
At the front of the room were Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications committee members, including Andy Billig of Spokane. Senator Michael Baumgartner of Spokane is not on the committee but also attended, as a bill sponsor.