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Published on Friday, March 6, 2015

City voices are crucial as session passes halfway mark

Midpoint through the 2015 session, legislators are winding down floor debates as they decide which bills to pass over to the other chamber for continued consideration. So far, debates and pronouncements have been relatively civil. Many Olympia political pundits attribute this to the serious nature of issues facing legislators and the Governor, as well as the close margins of power held by Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate. The Everett Herald’s Jerry Cornfield shares his midpoint analysis in an interesting piece here.

AWC continues to promote our priorities and work to advance or stop numerous bills before the 5 pm deadline on March 11. This is the deadline for non-fiscal bills to move from one chamber to the other. In the Take Action section of this Bulletin, you can check out where your voices are needed most. Any help from home is most appreciated!

Another effective and very helpful strategy is city leaders sharing priorities with constituents, media and local legislators. We’ve posted a few short video clips of how cities in Snohomish County and the City of Sumner have approached this. There’s also a great example of how Bellingham’s Mayor Kelli Linville, a former legislator herself, reported to her community on what the city, county and port need and why. Check it out from the Bellingham Herald here. These examples showcase some of the ways to express your needs and priorities.

As a reminder, it is always a good time to connect with legislators – even more so now, as many legislators prepare to come home for Town Hall meetings beginning this weekend. Most Town Hall meetings are happening on March 14. Please attend, check in with your representatives on how they’re doing, and ask them what they’re doing to advance your issues. Don’t be shy – they’re coming home to talk and listen. As Town Hall meeting information is announced, AWC is gathering this information, including times and locations.