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

16

Feb

2018

Housing, homelessness, and human services update after cutoff

One of the major cutoffs in the legislative calendar happened on February 14.

12

Feb

2018

City priority House Bill 1570 passes major milestone

After the longest bill debate of the session and once the dust settled, the state took a step forward in supporting individuals suffering from homelessness.
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Categories: Housing

9

Feb

2018

Three bills supporting individuals suffering from mental health pass out of the House

Thursday, February 8 was a great night for the state on tackling problems on city streets.

2

Feb

2018

Senate local option levy lid lift exemption bill moves

Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) sponsored SB 6314 which allows cities the option to extend the state’s property tax exemption to local property tax levy lid lifts.

2

Feb

2018

Housing, homelessness and behavioral health bill status updates

It has been an eventful week in the human services and housing arena.

29

Jan

2018

Housing and homelessness bill updates

There is progress to report on several bills that fall under housing, homelessness and human services.
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Categories: Housing

29

Jan

2018

Ways & Means to hear local housing option to exempt property tax

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has scheduled 2SSB 5182 for a public hearing on Monday, January 29 at 3:30 pm.

20

Jan

2018

Affordable housing and homelessness bills on the move

A number of affordable housing and homelessness bills of importance to cities continue to move through the process.

12

Jan

2018

Document recording fee bill gets public hearing

AWC has been supporting proposals to increase the real estate document recording fee.
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Categories: Housing

12

Jan

2018

Impact fee deferrals for low-income housing

Current law authorizes cities to provide a reduction in impact fees for affordable housing, but requires replacement of those deferred funds with revenues from other sources if more than 80 percent of the impact fee is waived.
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Categories: Housing

12

Jan

2018

Bill would provide multifamily tax exemption for unincorporated UGAs

HB 2607 by Rep. Morgan Irwin (R-Enumclaw) would extend the authority for a multifamily property tax exemption to the unincorporated Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) of counties “seeking to promote transit supportive densities and efficient land use proximate to transit corridors…”
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Categories: Housing

12

Jan

2018

New affordable housing proposals get hearings

HB 2437 is a significant new proposal from Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) that would provide a local option 0.025 percent credit against the state sales tax for affordable housing purposes.
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Categories: Housing

12

Jan

2018

Religious property zoning bill comes back

HB 1987 sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) requires a city to provide a two-times density bonus to low-income housing developments that are proposed on lands owned by religious institutions.
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Categories: Housing

5

Jan

2018

Low-income housing property tax bill heard again

HB 1532 would exempt properties from state and local property taxes that are owned by nonprofit entities for the purposes of developing residences for low-income households.
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Categories: Housing

8

Sep

2017

AWC participates in housing tools conversation

AWC recently participated in a conversation with Democratic lawmakers and housing, homelessness and faith community advocates to discuss opportunities to provide new tools and resources that address the challenges of homelessness and housing affordability.
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