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

18

Dec

2017

NLC: Net neutrality is just the tip of the preemption iceberg

As Washington’s cities prepare for the deployment of small cell technology by telecommunications companies, we look to do so in a way that protects the rights of local governments and the taxpayers to decide how we lease public property.

18

Dec

2017

AWC board finalizes legislative priority to address behavioral health challenges

On December 8, the AWC board approved more specific language for our legislative priority to address behavioral health challenges across the state.

18

Dec

2017

Governor’s 2018 budget includes increased law enforcement training

The Governor’s proposed supplemental budget released on December 14 includes funding for one additional Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) class in 2019.

18

Dec

2017

Streamlined sales tax mitigation advisory committee meeting

EHB 2163 implements a state version of marketplace fairness (aka internet sales tax) on January 1, 2018, by imposing new requirements on more out-of-state internet retailers to collect sales tax or to report customer sales and notify customers for use tax purposes.

18

Dec

2017

Another bill seeks to implement a Washington Voting Rights Act

Proposals implementing a state Voting Rights Act have been introduced and debated in the Legislature for several years.

15

Dec

2017

Liquor and Cannabis Board releases marijuana home grow report

As directed by the Legislature, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) studied and reported on the possibility of legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana plant possession, also known as “home grow.”
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Categories: Marijuana

15

Dec

2017

PERS/TRS 1 COLA recommended by the Select Committee on Pension Policy

The Select Committee on Pension Policy met on December 12 and voted to recommend a Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) for members of the Teachers’ Retirement System Plan 1 (TRS 1) and Public Employees’ Retirement System Plan 1 (PERS 1).
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking begins this month

This past legislative session saw the creation of a new employee benefit system, the Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML).
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

Joint Transportation Committee hears assessment on Transportation Commission

The 2017 transportation budget included a proviso directing the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to conduct an assessment of the roles and responsibilities of the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC).

15

Dec

2017

AWC works to develop its economic development priority

In their September 29 board meeting, the AWC Board of Directors added economic development to their list of 2018 legislative priorities.

15

Dec

2017

Governor releases 2018 supplemental budget proposal

On December 14, Governor Inslee released his proposed supplemental budget to the adopted FY 2017-2019 budget.

15

Dec

2017

Apportionment workgroup

On December 12 a task force of city and business representatives met to review the two-factor apportionment formula for service-income for local B&O taxes.

15

Dec

2017

Business license workgroup

The city workgroup developing the city business license model threshold under EHB 2005 met again on December 7 to continue its work to develop a model threshold that all cities with business licenses will be required to adopt by January 1, 2019.

17

Nov

2017

Public records performance metrics in HB 1594 – JLARC guidance now available for data reporting by July 2018

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests.

13

Nov

2017

Control of the state Senate shifts – How might it impact cities?

Following a special election in the Seattle suburbs last week, Senate Democrats regained the majority by one vote after five years of Republican control.
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