Washington State Data Center bill passes Senate House off to Gov for signature

Washington State's Data Center Bill passed the Senate.

Data center bill passes Senate

DateTuesday, March 16, 2010 at 4:54PM | AuthorWNJ-Editor

We have great news coming out of Olympia today on the second day of special session. SB 6789, the data center tax exemption, passed out of the Senate on a 39-4 vote. This is an exciting development, and now it is on to the House for consideration.

The Associated Press wrote about the bill's passage. Sen. Tom was interviewed in theAP story:

"Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said the measure would draw companies and jobs to the state.

"The key to this is to incentivize them to build," he said. "Once we get them to make that commitment to go ahead and build, in this difficult economic environment, we can get those good construction jobs."

And House.

Data center bill passes House, off to governor for signature

DateWednesday, March 17, 2010 at 5:31PM | AuthorWNJ-Editor

So happy news to report: the data center legislation passed the House today on a 91-2 vote and now goes to Gov. Gregoire for her expected signature. This is obviously a great development, and we are so happy that people rallied around the legislation, which will help not just rural counties but the entire state.

After the Governor's signature.  We'll see if it gets data center construction started in Washington State.

Here is the pdf for the bill 6789.

13 (2) There is currently an intense competition for data center
14 construction and operation in many states including: Oregon, Arizona,
15 North and South Carolina, North Dakota, Iowa, Virginia, Texas, and
16 Illinois. Unprecedented incentives are available as a result of the
17 desire of these states to attract investments that will serve as a
18 catalyst for additional clusters of economic activity.