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13

Nov

2017

Early action on state Voting Rights Act legislation expected in 2018 session

For a number of years, the Legislature has debated proposals to create a Washington State Voting Rights Act.

19

May

2017

Bill that requires ballot drop boxes in cities, towns signed into law

SB 5472 was signed into law on May 16 which requires county auditors to establish a minimum of one ballot box for each 15,000 registered voters in the county and in each city, town, and census-designated place in the county that has a post office.

7

Apr

2017

Senate considers bill to reduce government tort liability

Sen. Dino Rossi (R-Sammamish) has sponsored SB 5896 which would reduce state and local government liability in numerous ways.

7

Apr

2017

House revenue proposal related to House budget moves out of committee

HB 2186, the House revenue proposal released in conjunction with the House proposed budget passed out of the House Finance Committee last week with a few amendments placing sunset dates and on new taxes and reporting requirements on tax preferences related to B&O and REET.

7

Apr

2017

Attorney General guidance on immigration enforcement

The Department of Justice (DOJ) was in the news recently announcing their plan to require cities applying for DOJ grants to certify their compliance with federal law, including Section 1373 of the U.S. Code.

31

Mar

2017

House revenue proposal scheduled for hearing

In the House Democrats’ 2017-19 state operating budget proposal released on March 27, the $44.6 billion proposal relies on approximately $1.5 billion in new revenue to help address the McCleary funding decision and fund other program needs.

10

Mar

2017

Emergency notice bill gets hearing in Senate, local governments offer input

HB 1540, requiring public notices in languages other than English, received a hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday, March 9.

6

Mar

2017

Emergency notification bills move out of both chambers

Bills that would require emergency notices in languages other than English, HB 1540 and SB 5046, were voted out of the House and Senate last week.

17

Feb

2017

Competing bills on emergency notices in multiple languages move forward

There are bills in the House and Senate that require local governments to provide emergency notices to significant segments of non-English speaking populations.

3

Feb

2017

Bills would require cities to provide emergency notices in languages other than English

HB 1540, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle), and SB 5046, Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Tukwila), would require city emergency management departments to provide emergency notices in languages represented by their communities who speak a language other than English.

28

Apr

2016

Voting Rights and district elections proposals fail to pass

For the past several years, voting rights proponents have advanced a bill that would allow members of a protected class to file an action against a local government in the case of polarized voting.

11

Mar

2016

Voting Rights Act fails to pass Legislature

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) once again failed to pass the Legislature. However, this was the fourth year a VRA bill has been introduced and it made it further in the process than ever before.

4

Mar

2016

Electronic signatures bill passes Legislature

A bill authorizing local governments to use electronic signatures has passed the Legislature.

26

Feb

2016

Voting Rights bill gets striking amendment, still on the move

HB 1745, Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Seattle), was heard in the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee where it was amended with a striking amendment and voted out of the committee.

19

Feb

2016

Redistricting bill fails to make cutoff, but could still move

BT SB 6129, allowing cities, towns, code cities and counties to choose to conduct district-based elections, Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn), failed to advance by the February 17 cutoff deadline.
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