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Published on Saturday, January 20, 2018

Companion bills that would simplify island annexations up for hearing this week

Identical bills, commonly referred to as “companions” have been introduced in the House and Senate and both will get a public hearing next week. HB 2665 sponsored by Rep. Nicole Macri (D-Seattle) will be heard in the House Local Government Committee at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 23. In the Senate, SB 6312, sponsored by Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) will be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee at 1:30 pm on the same day, January 23.

These bills would simplify the process for annexing unincorporated areas that are at least 80 percent surrounded by a city within a single county and urban growth area (i.e. unincorporated islands). This is done by removing the referendum provision of current law which can trigger a public vote on island annexations and the authority for Boundary Review Boards to review island annexations.

AWC will be expressing our support for these bills.