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Published on Friday, January 29, 2016

Bill reintroduced in 2016 that would allow cities to redistrict

First introduced in 2015, Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn), is trying again this year for her redistricting bill, SB 6129. A similar bill, HB 2617, has been introduced by Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg).

Both bills would allow optional municipal code cities and second class cities to establish district-based or hybrid systems for electing city or town council members, either through ordinance or city or town initiative, if initiatives are authorized. Under SB 6129, second class cities and towns that expand the number of city or town council positions from five to seven may redistrict either by ordinance or city or town initiative, if initiatives are authorized. HB 2617 allows second class cities and towns to create five wards by ordinance, or if authorized, voter initiative, and conduct the appointments and elections of the new councilmembers within the wards. AWC is supportive of these bills.

SB 6129 received a public hearing on January 28 in the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee. It has yet to be scheduled for executive action. HB 2617 is scheduled for public hearing on February 2.

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