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

14

Apr

2017

Congress in recess – AWC and partners talk infrastructure

The U.S. Congress is in recess and members of our delegation here at home.

14

Apr

2017

Saving the Public Works Trust Fund is within our grasp

On Wednesday April 12 the House passed SB 5033 which makes changes to the Public Works Trust Fund program (PWTF) reflecting the reforms developed by AWC and a coalition of other PWTF advocates.

14

Apr

2017

Subcontractor bonding bill passes Legislature

HB 1538, sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup), requires a prime contractor to provide a bond for the subcontractors’ portion of retainage if requested.

7

Apr

2017

Good news for cities in House capital budget

Last week we gave you highlights on the Senate’s proposed capital budget that has many positives for cities.

31

Mar

2017

Senate passes very good capital budget for cities

After several years of challenging capital budgets, we are encouraged by the capital budget that passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday March 30.

17

Mar

2017

Small city mayors show their support for the Public Works Trust Fund

With the Legislature poised to release budget proposals in the coming weeks, now is a critical time to remind legislators of the importance of the Public Works Trust Fund, especially for smaller communities.

10

Mar

2017

There is still a chance to preserve the Public Works Trust Fund if we keep up the pressure

We are still hearing positive indications that the House is interested in moving forward with an amended version of the AWC public works reform proposal, HB 1677, and using that as a vehicle to advance a conversation about preserving the Public Works Assistance Account.

10

Mar

2017

Bill that would change claims process on construction contracts fails to pass

SB 5788 concerning construction contracts, has died.

3

Mar

2017

Public works apprenticeship utilization bill on the move

HB 1849 makes several changes to apprenticeship utilization requirements on public works projects.

3

Mar

2017

Bill would require cities to provide relocation assistance on projects

SB 5049 would remove a city’s ability to opt out of providing relocation assistance in certain circumstances,

24

Feb

2017

Public Works Trust Fund bills likely to move in the House, but not right away

A bipartisan workgroup of legislators from the House Capital Budget Committee has been meeting to find a path forward on a proposal for local infrastructure funding.

17

Feb

2017

Bill that would change claims process on construction contracts still alive in the Senate

On Thursday, February 16, the Senate Law and Justice Committee amended SB 5788.

17

Feb

2017

House committee considers proposals for local infrastructure funding

On Tuesday February 14, the House Capital Budget Committee held a public hearing on a number of bills related to basic infrastructure funding including HB 1677, the AWC priority bill to reform and rebuild the Public Works Trust Fund.

10

Feb

2017

Glimmer of hope for the Public Works Trust Fund? Your voices needed!

AWC was invited to participate in a work session on local infrastructure in front of Senate Ways & Means Committee on Thursday Febraury 9, with AWC board member and Public Works Board member KC Kuykendall presenting for the Public Works Board and Carl Schroeder presenting for AWC.

3

Feb

2017

Working to bring Federal infrastructure investments to Washington

The Trump Administration is following through on campaign promises to construct a new initiative to address the well-recognized need for a significant new federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure.
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