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

15

Jan

2018

Short Session – Little time to solve big issues

The opening week of this “short” legislative session began with the new Senate Democratic majority getting settled and the Governor delivering his annual State-of-the-State address where he outlined his priorities.

15

Jan

2018

Voting Rights Act bills heard – Senate committee passes a substitute bill

Both the House and Senate heard bills during the first week of session that could change whether your city council elections take place citywide or are divided by voting district.

15

Jan

2018

AWC supports bill aimed at improving participation by minority and women-owned businesses in public works contracts

The primary aim of HB 1897 is to improve participation by minority and women-owned and controlled businesses in public works contracts.

12

Jan

2018

Two bills related to small cells to get hearings this week

The Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 5935 at 10 am on Thursday, January 18.

12

Jan

2018

Bills to address the opioid crisis set for hearing

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have both introduced a package of legislation attempting to deal with the opioid crisis.

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

A trio of marijuana bills that impact cities will be heard in the House

The House Commerce and Gaming Committee will hear marijuana-related bills on Monday, January 15 at 1:30 pm.
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Categories: Marijuana

12

Jan

2018

Elimination of the statutory limit for net metering

Net metering is the mechanism that requires utilities to rebate customers for the value of energy that a customer adds to the grid, for instance through a home solar array.
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Categories: Energy

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

Senate version of wrongful death bill will be heard on Thursday

Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) is sponsoring SB 6015, the companion bill to the wrongful death bill, HB 2262, heard in the House last week.
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Categories: Personnel

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

First responder presumptive disease bills to be heard in the House and Senate

On Monday, January 15 at 1:30 pm, House and Senate committees will hear three bills seeking to expand presumptive occupational disease for police and fire personnel.
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Categories: Personnel

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

12

Jan

2018

Extending and amending transit-oriented SEPA tool

HB 1740 sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) would extend an expiring tool that promotes development around transit stations.
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