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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

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Mar

2017

Cities testify on complicated bill addressing unregulated encampments and youth homelessness

Cities, counties and human services providers testified in opposition to SB 5864 in the Senate Ways & Means committee on March 16.

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Mar

2017

Homeless encampments hosted by religious organizations

SB 5657 was heard in the House Community Development and Housing Committee on March 15.

10

Mar

2017

Housing and homelessness bills are still alive after cutoff

We passed the biggest early session cutoff, where bills need to have passed the chamber in which they were introduced or be considered dead for the year.

3

Mar

2017

Bill consolidating state’s public health system passes House

HB 1432, which would consolidate the state’s public health system, was voted out of the House of Representatives on March 2.

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Feb

2017

Action expected on housing and homelessness bills

HB 1797, the local option housing bill, as well as HB 1570, the document recording fee increase bill, were heard in House Finance and House Appropriations respectively.

17

Feb

2017

Two housing and homelessness priority bills pass first committee

HB 1570 increases the document-recording fee (the largest source of revenue for homelessness assistance) and HB 1797 addresses local option tools for affordable housing.

10

Feb

2017

Affordable housing and homelessness bills in play

As of February 10, HB 1570 (Increasing homelessness funding) and HB 1797 (Generating new local option revenue sources for affordable housing) were in negotiations and still in the House Community Development and Housing Committee.

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Feb

2017

New bill restricts city authority to regulate homeless camps operated by religious institutions

SB 5657 from Sen. Mark Milsocia (R-Federal Way) provides a host of new restrictions on the power of cities to regulate the operation of homeless camps operated by religious institutions.

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Feb

2017

Major proposal on homelessness, preempting cities on encampments, many policy changes

SB 5656 from Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) is an incredibly wide-ranging proposal that among other things completely preempts city authority around homeless encampments and creates minimum standards for cities to enforce, without funding.

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Jan

2017

Bill would pre-empt city authority to offer safe injection sites

Sen. Mark Milsocia (R-Federal Way) has introduced legislation, SB 5223, pre-empting city authority to make laws governing safe injection sites

27

Jan

2017

AWC priority bill to increase and stabilize homeless funding gets public hearing

One of AWC's priority bills (HB 1570) that increases and stabilizes homeless funding was the subject of a public hearing last Thursday before the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs.

12

Dec

2016

AWC is working on a multi-faceted housing, homelessness and accountability agenda

AWC has worked through the course of the last year to develop and build support for a coordinated response to addressing affordable housing and homelessness.

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Oct

2016

Legislative Bulletin – October 31, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

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Oct

2016

Washington secures Medicaid 1115 waiver

In October, Washington received preliminary authorization on an agreement between the state and federal government for a five-year Medicaid demonstration waiver to continue implementing the governor’s Healthier Washington plan.

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Sep

2016

Preliminary budget and policy priorities for affordable housing and homelessness

Several months ago, Governor Inslee asked the Housing Alliance and AWC to send housing and homelessness priorities to him for the 2017 legislative session.
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