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

16

Jun

2017

New water bill creates unfunded mandates and legal risks for cities

AWC is working this session to resolve the challenges created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as Hirst and Foster.

16

Jun

2017

AWC expresses concerns with new MTCA bill

The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on SB 5943 on June 14.

2

Jun

2017

Legislature still struggling to find fixes for water management issues

Discussions are continuing in an attempt to resolve the chaos created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as “Hirst” and “Foster.”

24

Mar

2017

School siting conversation reaches the Senate

HB 1017 passed just before the cutoff for bills to move from the House.

10

Mar

2017

Ecology proposes clarifications to shoreline procedural rules

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comments on proposed changes to state procedural rules for managing shorelines.

3

Mar

2017

Hirst/Foster water bill passes the Senate

SB 5239 passed the Senate with a 28-21 vote, with all 25 Republicans voting yes, joined by three Democrats.

24

Feb

2017

Senate water management bill moves

SB 5239, sponsored by Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake) moved out of Senate Ways & Means Committee.

10

Feb

2017

Critical water bills get hearing and one bill advances

Bills seeking to address the challenges resulting from the recent Hirst and Foster Supreme Court cases continue to get a lot of attention.

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.

10

Feb

2017

AWC co-hosts lunch with legislators to discuss funding for removal of fish-blocking culverts

AWC collaborated with the Washington State Association of Counties to hold a brown bag lunch for legislators this week to discuss the work we have been doing to create a statewide strategic approach to replacing fish blocking culverts and to fund a program to help local governments.

3

Feb

2017

Bill gives new authority to Boundary Review Boards

Under current law Boundary Review Boards (BRBs) can take certain specified actions when they review an annexation.

3

Feb

2017

Authorizing manufactured housing communities outside of Urban Growth Areas (UGAs)

SB 5615 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee on February 7.

3

Feb

2017

With MTCA facing shortfalls a surcharge is being considered again

The Model Toxics Control Accounts (MTCA) remain in desperate financial situation with the capital side of the ledger starting this session $75 million in the negative.

3

Feb

2017

New responses to the Hirst and Foster water rights court decisions will be heard in the House

We have been updating you on our efforts to resolve challenges created by recent Supreme Court decisions on the management of water in Washington State.

27

Jan

2017

Several septic and sewer related bills emerge

If you have concerns or comments with any of these bills please send them to Carl Schroeder.
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