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Published on Monday, April 4, 2016

2016 legislative session ends

Nineteen days past their scheduled 60 days, the Legislature concluded the 2016 session on Wednesday, March 29, after passing supplemental budgets that again drained some important city resources. The budgets that passed were substantially the same as the compromise proposal summarized in this AWC State Budget Alert. The troubling pattern of costs shifts and fund transfers at the expense of local governments could very well worsen when the state’s bill comes due to adequately fund K-12 education next year.

Look for our full wrap-up of the 2016 legislative session in our Final Legislative Bulletin later this month.

Seeking nominations for AWC’s 3rd annual legislative City Champion Award!

Did your legislator do great things not only for your city, but for cities throughout the state? Did he or she sponsor or sign on to a bill that made cities stronger? Did they speak up publicly in support of city issues? If your legislator did at least two of these things this past session, you can nominate them for AWC’s City Champion Award. Winners will be chosen in late April and recognized at the AWC Annual Conference in June. Awards also will be presented in their home districts, and the press will be encouraged to share this with your community.

For the past two years, we’ve recognized and honored at least one legislator from each of the four caucuses for their work to support cities. Some have won more than once, and last year, several legislators and the Governor were recognized for their extraordinary work in passing the transportation package. We look forward to honoring those who stood out this year as strong champions for cities. Please send your nomination(s) with a short explanation of your reasoning to Dave Williams by April 22.