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

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Oct

2017

Ecology seeking input on municipal stormwater permits

The Department of Ecology is asking for feedback to help guide their process for reissuing the next round of municipal stormwater permits.

7

Apr

2017

Good news for cities in House capital budget

Last week we gave you highlights on the Senate’s proposed capital budget that has many positives for cities.

31

Mar

2017

Senate passes very good capital budget for cities

After several years of challenging capital budgets, we are encouraged by the capital budget that passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday March 30.

20

Jan

2017

Significant vesting bill up for consideration

On January 24 at 1:30 the Senate Local Government Committee will hear SB 5212 which attempts to overturn the Snohomish County vs. PCHB case which held that stormwater development regulations do not “vest” because they are required by state law and are not adopted as a matter of local discretion.

30

Sep

2016

OFM hosts stakeholder meeting to discuss MTCA stability

A capital budget proviso asked the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to form a workgroup to explore opportunities to stabilize programs and activities funded by the state’s Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA).

28

Apr

2016

Public Works Trust Fund and Model Toxics Control Accounts face uncertain futures

What looked like a quiet year going into 2016 proved to be anything but when the final bell tolled on the session.

4

Apr

2016

Final budget lays out cuts to toxic cleanups and stormwater projects and assistance

One of the biggest challenges facing the legislature this year on the capital budget side was a significant drop in available revenues in the Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA).

26

Feb

2016

House and Senate capital budgets address MTCA shortfall differently

House Democrats and Senate Republicans both released their proposed supplemental capital budgets on February 24.

12

Feb

2016

Huge decline in MTCA revenues means stormwater assistance and toxic cleanup projects in danger

The fiscal crisis facing the Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA) came into sharper relief this week with the release of a new revenue forecast on February 17.

5

Feb

2016

Bill cuts stormwater assistance funds for cities

AWC testified in opposition to SB 6570 from Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), but thanked the sponsor and committee chair for his efforts to find a resolution to the major revenue shortfall in the toxic cleanup and prevention accounts known as MTCA.

31

Jul

2015

Mixed bag on infrastructure this session – much accomplished but still a lot to do

Your favorite flavor of infrastructure might be the most important determinant of how you feel the legislative session turned out.

17

Apr

2015

Use of WSDOT stormwater payments to cities

With only minutes before the 5PM cutoff on April 15, and after several days of fits and starts, SB 5314, passed out of the House on a 93-6 vote.

11

Jul

2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Approach on Major Water Quality Standards – the "Fish Consumption" Issue

Yesterday afternoon Governor Inslee announced a new approach on the contentious water quality standards update commonly referred to as the “fish consumption” rule.

3

Sep

2013

Human health water quality standards (Fish consumption rate)

The ongoing discussions about increasing water quality standards based on human health and an increased fish consumption rate are of keen interest to cities.

12

Jul

2013

Another busy session

It was another busy session in the environment and land use arenas.
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