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Published on Friday, July 22, 2016

Getting ready to discuss 2017 legislative priorities

AWC’s newly appointed 47-member Legislative Priorities Committee is scheduled to meet August 11 in SeaTac to consider and discuss what issues should constitute AWC’s priorities for the likely long and grueling 2017 legislative session. In anticipation of a new biennial state budget and after voters have decided who will be our next Governor and who’ll serve in the House and Senate, it’s an appropriate time to revisit what our priorities have been and what they should be moving forward.

The meeting will be chaired by newly-elected AWC President Jim Restucci, Mayor of Sunnyside, and members will share their ideas of what’s important and begin to consider which issues are most critical to cities of all sizes across the state. Thereafter, further meetings and discussions will be held before the committee decides which priorities to recommend to the AWC Board of Directors during their September 29 meeting. Once these preliminary priorities are approved, AWC staff will fan out across the state and share with cities and legislators to get feedback and suggestions.

The committee will meet again the day after the November 8 election to consider input received and election results, after which they’ll make any modifications to their recommendations and forward to the AWC Board for final consideration at their December 9 meeting.

Look for updates in the Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice. Comments and suggestions along the way are always welcome!

Legislative and statewide candidates are out and about and it’s a great time to catch them

Just over 300 people have filed for 98 House seats and 26 of the 49 Senate seats. Competitive races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, Attorney General, and others are also in play, along with U.S. Senator Patty Murray and all 10 U.S. Congressional seats. The August 2 primary will narrow competitive races to the top two – regardless of party affiliation.

AWC conducted a legislative candidate questionnaire and received over 100 responses. They’re posted online here for your information. We thanked all candidates who responded, and for those who haven’t, there’s a great opportunity for you to engage them around town and to use the blank questionnaire on our website to have a conversation. More than likely, they’ll answer questions if asked in person.

Fourth edition of AWC’s Strong Cities Pocket Guide available now

This 2016 edition has been printed and sent to clerks and administrators with instructions to deliver to elected officials in all 281 cities and towns. It’s also available from our website here. This pocket-sized resource is full of new and time-tested ideas on how to work with legislators, media, and your community to help make and keep your city strong.