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

14

Aug

2017

2017 session recap: It took a record-breaking 193 days to finish, there’s still no capital budget, but overall, city issues were mostly addressed

The need for legislators to finally and fully address K-12 funding gaps dwarfed most other issues during the 2017 legislative session.

14

Aug

2017

How to use the 2017 legislative session recap

As usual, this Legislative Bulletin is divided into issue areas (finance, transportation, personnel, and so on). Within each issue area you will find a session overview and a table of bills, which includes AWC priority bills and other bills of interest to cities.

14

Aug

2017

Several city priorities addressed in 2017-19 operating budget & revenue package, including internet sales tax, but disappointing outcome on property tax cap

After two special sessions and a new revenue forecast that did not bring much change, it was a relief when the Legislature enacted a new 2017-19 operating budget that provided state shared revenues historically distributed to cities such as liquor revenues, fire insurance premium tax, and funding for the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC).

14

Aug

2017

Some positive steps forward on the economic development front

Cities made small but significant economic development gains in 2017.

14

Aug

2017

School siting, buildable lands and GMA review addressed during 2017 session

It was a quietly significant legislative session on land use and growth management issues.

14

Aug

2017

Some progress made on affordable housing and homelessness

Helping our communities address the challenges of homelessness and affordable housing has been a major focus for AWC in recent years.

14

Aug

2017

Public Works Trust Fund lives on

The 2017 session may prove to be a turning point for the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF).

14

Aug

2017

Marijuana highlights from the 2017 session

The legislative action around marijuana was relatively light in 2017.

14

Aug

2017

Big win for AWC, priority public records laws pass this year

2017 was a big year for public records with the passage of two of AWC’s priorities bills.

14

Aug

2017

Significant developments in personnel and pensions in 2017

This session saw significant changes to the personnel environment with the Legislature passing a new Paid Family & Medical Leave program.

14

Aug

2017

Big issues talked about in public safety & criminal justice

The 2017 session was marked by attempts to tackle some big issues in the public safety and criminal justice arena.

14

Aug

2017

Small cell facilities were a hot topic this session

The wireless and broadband industries advanced legislation (SB 5711 and HB 1921) that contained sweeping preemption of cities’ authority to manage the public rights-of-way, site and permit small cell networks in city neighborhoods, set appropriate timelines and fees, and would have imposed a cost formula for charging for pole attachments.

14

Aug

2017

Unexpected excitement in the transportation world

We expected a relatively quiet year on the transportation front as we headed into the 2017 legislative session.

28

Apr

2016

2016 session recap: Several disappointments for cities, the Governor’s vetoes help, and trouble on the horizon for 2017

The state and local governments used to work together to solve problems.

28

Apr

2016

Lots of effort, but little change in public records

Despite an amazing effort by our bill sponsors, bipartisan support, a wide variety of local government supporters, and tremendous response from our cities, we were unable to advance BT HB 2576 and its modest changes to the public records law.
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