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WOMA - State Report

Fall 2017

As the WOMA crew heads into winter, we are charged with many new projects and activities! This Association is definitely not in the "hibernation" mode by any stretch!... Read More...

WOMA WIre 2017 - Fall

Fall 2017

With just over thirty thousand state-wide votes to be counted, all of the 2017 races appear decided. Of the 4,265,035 registered voters in the state, barely 36% turned out to vote. After the remaining votes are counted, the 2017 election results will be certifed by the Secretary of State.. Read More...

2017 Washington - Fall Magazine

Fall 2017

The 2017 Convention has come to an end - and honestly - I can't believe that I just completed my 15th convention with WOMA! Looking back, its been a super fun ride. Suncadia has always been a great venue for everyone, and we are pleased to announce that we just signed through 2020! So you can count on the next three years at this beautiful venue - but with the same great hotel rate we have known for the past 10 years! Read More...

2017 Washington - Summer Magazine

Summer 2017

Washington Energy and C-Store Convention is JUST AROUND THE CORNER and I'm so excited to share with you our new schedule! It's going to be a great new line up! I've gotten several questions as to WHY we changed the trade show floor to Monday night and Tuesday morning. It's WOMA trying to respond to the needs of our exhibitors and Associate members. It was becoming habit that Wednesday afternoon was a good time for "play time," and less and less CEOs and true decision makers were hitting the floor. So we looked at the schedule and brainstormed ways to make it a win-win situation! Read More...

Washington State Report - Spring 2017

Spring 2017

OVERVIEW: The half-way point of the 105 day 2017 legislative session has just passed. The house of origin cut-off date is March 9th where bills must pass out of their originating body or be lost for the year, except for legislation that pertains to budget matters, which remain alive through the budget negotiation process. Read More...

2017 Washington - Winter Magazine

Winter 2017

Election Season in Washington State is always Crazy-Town! This year is no exception. It's been a wild ride in Washington with the election. Initial results are in, and we have mixed news: Read More...

WOMA WIre 2017

Winter 2017

The Washington Oil Marketers Association ("WOMA") has announced its designation of the exclusive publisher and advertising sales agent for the WOMA Online Buyers' Guide (the "Guide") - Overland Park, Kan.-based Strategic Value Media, a leading nationwide provider of print and digital media solutions to national, state and local trade and membership associations. WOMA is proud to provide its members with this exclusive, easily accessible, year-round, valuable resource that is expected to be rst available in the Spring of 2017. Read More...

2016 Washington - Fall Magazine

Fall 2016

This year has been a year to mark the record books in many ways. We have had record shattering regulatory and legislative challenges, huge increases in our attendance at the WOMA Convention in June, and a state legislative election ahead of us that could change the way business is done in Washington State. Read More...

2016 Washington - Summer Magazine

Summer 2016

The WOMA convention is set for June 19-22, 2016 at our famous location Suncadia Lodge and Resort in Cle Elum, WA. We have another super duper convention lined up for you this year. This year's theme is "Differentiation in a "CIRCUS" of Change". We all know the petroleum marketplace has been more like a circus than a real business. With things like Carbon Tax, Renewable Fuels, Tribal Compact Issues, Green House Gas Reporting, and the like, you are all out there chasing your tail. We recognize that, and are trying to bring light to that fact. So in honor of the theme, we will be doing an outdoor Welcome Dinner with a Carnival theme and midway games! A outdoor bbq, and fun times will certainly be had. We are expanding our silent auction this year, and working on ways to keep you entertained all through the convention. Read More...

WOMA Wire 2016 - March 1

March 2016

At the time of this writng the 2016, sixty-day, legislative session is winding down with less than two weeks remaining. For the most part it has progressed as expected with few controversial measures likely to pass given the House and Senate are controlled by opposite parties. For WOMA, the session has been very exciting as we have been working to pass legislation to expand the authority of the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) where it will be authorized to initiate low interest loans and grants to underground storage tank owners to upgrade their facilities.: Read More...

WOMA Wire 2016 - January 31

January 2016

The 2016 legislative session thus far can be described as "the one that didn't need to happen" (Except for WOMA, but I'll get to that later!). Due to the record long session last year, there is about zero energy among elected offcials to be in Olympia which is evidenced by the fact that almost all activity ends on Thursday afternoons and everyone goes home. One colleague shared with me that the first day of session always feels like the first day back to school after summer vacation. It's a time where there is anxious excitement knowing you would be seeing friends you hadn't seen all summer, and getting back to work. For the first time in over 25 years, my colleague didn't feel that way this year. That analogy probably best describes the mood in the state capital. Now that I'm done with the doom and gloom that is 2016 for most, this session has actually been very exciting for WOMA.: Read More...

WOMA Wire: Rulemaking Notice

January 2016

On January 5, 2016, Ecology filed the Proposed Rulemaking (CR-102 form) and proposed a new rule (Chapter 173-442 WAC - Clean Air Rule) and amendments to one existing rule (Chapter 173-441 WAC - Reporting of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases). - Read More...

WOMA Wire 2016 - January 8

January 2016

The 2016 legislative session begins Monday, January 11th. This will be a "short" 60-day session that is expected to end on time (or close to it) on March 11th. Given the makeup of the legislature with a democrat majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate, any controversial legislation is not expected to pass.

Because the session should be brief in comparison to the 178 days spent in 2015, we have hit the ground running to stay in front of WOMA priority issues. The following is a brief update on what we are working on: Read More...

WOMA State Report - November 2015

Winter 2015

While Washington's economy has more than doubled in the last 25 years, our carbon emissions are lower than they were in 1990. That's no accident. Our state has been a national leader in protecting the environment, while creating jobs for Washington families. - Read More...

WOMA State Report - Summer 2015

Summer 2015

Mark your calendar for the upcoming WOMA Convention. Dates are June 22-24th, and we promise to deliver another great convention. Golf this year will be played on Rope Rider Golf Course and our Welcome Dinner will be at Swiftwater Winery again this year for convenience. - Read More...

WOMA Wire 2015 - August/Fall Magazine

August 2015

Petroleum Contamination Training: Light, nonaqueous-phose liquid (LNAPL) assessment and remediation presents a significant challenge for corrective action and cleanup at petroleum processing, storage, and handling facilities such as refineries, bulk product terminals, gas stations, airports and military bases. - Read More...

2015 Washington State Legislative - Final Report

Summer 2015

On Friday, July 10 the Legislature finally concluded its work after a record 178 days. This included a 105-day regular session, two 30-day special sessions and a third special session that was scheduled to be one or two days, but ended up at thirteen after Senate democrats reneged on a prior budget deal that required further unnecessary delay. - Read More...

WOMA WIre 2015

May 2015

With the first special 30-day session that began on April 24 reaching its end it is becoming fairly clear that a second special session will be in order as very little, if anything, has been accomplished in Olympia over the past few weeks. The sticking point remains agreement between a divided legislature over a two year operating budget. Read More...

2015 Washington - Spring Magazine

Spring 2015

The largest bill we are battling in the Session so far this year is HB 1314/SB 5283. Both are Governor Inslee's bills to implement a carbon pollution market program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - essentially a Cap and Trade Bill. Inslee has created a list of 130 "Major Polluters" in the state of Washington that would be required to purchase carbon credits in advance and then trade them on the open market to downstream customers. Read More...

2014 Washington - Winter Magazine

Winter 2014

The Senate Transportation committee convened in Olympia on November 20th for a work session. During this session, the Office of Financial Management offered a presentation on Recommendations for the Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce as well as the recently released Low Carbon Fuel Standard Report done by Life Cycle Associates entitled "A Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington State" (see www.ofm.wa.gov/initiatives/ cleanfuelstandards/documents/Carbon_Fuel_Standard_evaluation_2014_revised_draft.pdf for more details) Read More...

Washington State Report - Success Through Change - Fall 2014

Fall 2014

This year has been a year to mark the record books in many ways. We have had record shattering regulatory and legislative challenges, huge increases in our attendance at the WOMA Convention in June, and a state legislative election ahead of us that could change the way business is done in Washington State. - Read More...

State Report June 2014

June 2014

While many of the great traditions of the WOMA Convention remain, the Executive Committee is always trying new things to make it better and fresh. Some of the things you will see new this year is an expanded trade show floor, a revised schedule for the Ladies' Wine and Dine and a live band, Soul Siren, to finish our convention off on Wednesday night! - Read More...

State Report February 2014

April 2014

The 2014 legislative session opened for business on Monday, January 13th and is scheduled to run for 60 days. Unlike last year where lawmakers worked in excess of 160 days through one regular and three special sessions, it is anticipated the Legislature will complete its work on time. This is largely due to the fact that the 2013 legislature was ultimately able to pass a bi-partisan budget critical for funding state operations over the next two fiscal years with no projected budget deficits. Read More...

2013 Holiday Greetings - Washington State Report

Dec 2013

Washington State is still unfunded for many of its needed transportation projects, and that is causing stimulation in the Legislature to get funded and soon. While the 2013 session concluded without a revenue package, it is not an issue that has gone away. In fact, it's been simmering all throughout the summer and we have been prepped that a "special session" could be called prior to the 2014 Legislative session to address a funding package. - Read More...

Washington State Report - Summer 2013

Sept 2013

2013 has been a stellar year for the members of the Washington Oil Marketers. Dave Ducharme skillfully navigated our group through treacherous waters during the Legislative session, and a double special session. Normal sessions in Washington end by April, and this year Dave rushed back after his presentation during the June convention to sew up details and continue to protect us from transportation taxes. It was certainly a roller coaster year of obstacles. Read More...

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Jun 18 - 21, 2018

WOMA Convention and Golf Tournament
SunCadia Resort
Cle Elum, WA