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

16

Feb

2018

Changes to aquatic lease terms

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested legislation that impacts leases on state aquatic lands.

16

Feb

2018

New building code requirements for areas prone to wildfire

As demonstrated by recent wildfires in California, Oregon, and here in Washington, wildland fires have the potential to devastate neighborhoods located in the “wildland-urban interface.”

16

Feb

2018

Bill to expand multifamily property tax exemptions moves to House

SSB 6347, Sen. Keith Wagoner (R-Sedro-Woolley), would expand a property tax exemption program for developers who build multifamily housing in urban centers.

16

Feb

2018

Pilot program to help cities control the spread of apple maggots

Apple maggots are a serious threat to Washington’s apple industry.

16

Feb

2018

Bill seeks to reduce environmental impacts of firefighting foam

SB 6413, Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), would ban the manufacture and sale of firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS).

12

Feb

2018

Bills to simplify annexation of "islands" move forward, with some changes

Companion bills SB 6312, Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia), and HB 2665, Rep. Nicole Macri (D-Seattle), would simplify the annexations of county "islands” within city limits.

2

Feb

2018

Mandatory minimum density bill appears to die

We may have dodged a bullet when the Senate Local Government Committee concluded action on February 1 without taking up SB 6077, which would have required a minimum density of six units per acre in all residential zones within cities and Urban Growth Areas.

2

Feb

2018

Military land use compatibility bill hits snag in House, moves in Senate

There was a strange explosion of concern with the military land use compatibility bill over the weekend of January 27.

29

Jan

2018

Resolution on capital budget and water issues finally happens

Before we let too much time pass in the crunch of the session, AWC would like to note a very significant set of accomplishments for cities that occurred on January 18.

20

Jan

2018

Bill would authorize fees to cover long-range planning

HB 2599, sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) would authorize local governments to collect reasonable fees from an applicant for a permit or other governmental approval to cover the cost of long-range planning.

20

Jan

2018

Annexation bill of concern to get hearing in House committee

HB 2789 would make modifications and additions to current annexation law that would create significant new barriers to using annexation methods that have been in place for decades.

20

Jan

2018

Companion bills that would simplify island annexations up for hearing this week

Identical bills, commonly referred to as “companions” have been introduced in the House and Senate and both will get a public hearing next week.

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.

5

Jan

2018

Governor’s proposed water bill scheduled for Senate hearing

Following a December work session on a very similar bill, the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday January 8 on a proposal developed by Governor Inslee’s office to resolve the months-long standoff created by fallout from the Hirst and Foster water resources court cases.

5

Jan

2018

Military land use compatibility proposal returns

Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way) has introduced an updated version of her military land use compatibility bill (HB 2341).
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