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

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

Bill to allow cities to utilize unit-priced contracts up for public hearing

A city-supported bill, SB 6143, Sen. Dean Takko (D-Kelso), has been scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday, January 16 at 1:30 pm.

12

Jan

2018

Cities oppose bill that would add new reporting requirements on public works projects

HB 2407, Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic), has introduced a bill that would require cities to report to the Legislature when a contractor uses materials purchased out-of-state.

5

Jan

2018

Bill seeks to specify compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements

Senator Karen Keiser’s (D-Kent) apprenticeship utilization bill, introduced in 2017, is back and scheduled for public hearing January 11 in the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee.

5

Jan

2018

Public Depository Task Force finishes work – Treasurer’s Office & OFM make recommendations

The 2017 Legislature established the Public Depository Task Force after several legislators pushed for the establishment of a state bank to fund infrastructure.

13

Nov

2017

Capital budget remains locked up

Unfortunately, we do not have promising news to report on the capital budget front.

13

Nov

2017

"State bank" task force to produce report by the end of the year

The 2017 Legislature established a task force on public infrastructure and a publicly-owned depository to explore the scope of financial needs for local governments for constructing public infrastructure and to examine the feasibility of creating a publicly-owned depository, i.e. “state bank.”

6

Oct

2017

AWC participates in APWA conference

AWC Government Relations Advocate Jane Wall provided a legislative update and delivered tips on legislative advocacy to attendees of the fall 2017 Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) conference in Richland, WA.

8

Sep

2017

Capital budget update

The stalemate continues around the capital budget and the water availability legislation that the Senate is insisting on.

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).

21

Jul

2017

Capital budget and water deal eludes Legislature

The two remaining issues of the 2017 legislative session are unresolved as legislators were unable to find common ground before the end of the third special session on July 20.

21

Jul

2017

New law may require you to update responsible bidder forms

SB 5301, Sen. Miloscia (R-Federal Way), amends the state’s responsible bidder criteria.

7

Jul

2017

Capital budget fate still unclear and linked to water rights fight

Legislators continue to try to find consensus on a controversial water rights fight holding up the adoption of the state's capital budget.

30

Jun

2017

Cities fare well in adopted 2017-19 state operating budget

On the final day of the state’s fiscal year, and 175 days after coming to Olympia in January, legislators adopted an operating budget, thus avoiding a state government shutdown.

16

Jun

2017

Still waiting on Public Works Trust Fund fate

Conversations have slowly continued between the House and Senate on how to finalize the approach on the Public Works Trust Fund.
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