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Published on Friday, February 19, 2016

Cutoff time allows us to narrow our focus

A magical time in the life of your AWC lobbyists is when the Legislature's deadlines cut down on the number of bills that must be tracked on a daily basis. These are the critical points in the session when good bills need to keep moving and bad bills need to be put out of their misery. This week one of the biggest cutoffs occurred, the deadline by which bills need to make it all the way through one house of the Legislature. Read more about each of these bills on our BillTracker. Here are some highlights and lowlights.

  • The affordable housing preservation property tax exemption SB 6239 was passed by the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote of 36-13.
  • HB 2971 passed the House, which is the bill that would address issues created by last year's HB 2122, which permanently authorized a portion of REET to be used for maintenance purposes. Some of the conditions on that authority were inadvertently made too broad and this negotiated bill clarifies that.
  • Thankfully it appears that the proposal to extend a new unfunded GMA planning mandate around buildable lands analyses SB 6420 is dead for the year.
  • The bill to authorize the siting of schools outside of urban growth areas SB 6426 did move from the Senate. Previously the House was not interested in taking up this issue this session but the end of session may bring additional pressures to move this bill.