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

7

Apr

2017

The Senate votes out AWC priority public records bill and action is planned this week on the other but help is needed

HB 1594 and HB 1595 are awaiting action by the full Senate.

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.

7

Apr

2017

Talk to your local media about budget impacts of potential LEOFF 2 costs

AWC has been hearing from cities across the state about the impacts from potential increases in Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) pension costs.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Apr

2017

Share AWC House and Senate budget comment letter with your legislators

Representing all 281 cities and towns, AWC testified in both chambers on our impressions of how each budget helps or hurts strong cities.

3

Apr

2017

Spring into action!

With three weeks left before this session is scheduled to conclude, legislators are now focused on resolving budget and policy differences between House Majority Democrats and Senate Majority Republicans.

31

Mar

2017

Bill authorizes local governments to establish creative districts

HB 1183 would grant the Washington State Arts Commission the authority to certify creative districts designated by local governments or tribes as areas that promote “cultural facilities, creative industries, or arts-related business.”

31

Mar

2017

Public records bills still moving in the Senate

AWC’s priority public records bills, HB 1594 and HB 1595, passed another milestone last week

31

Mar

2017

Bill uses rainy day fund to buy down PERS 1 liability

The PERS 1 pension plan has an unfunded liability (underfunded actuarially accrued liability or UAAL) of about $5 billion.
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Categories: Personnel

31

Mar

2017

House rolls out their transportation budget

On March 27, the House Transportation Committee released its 2017-2019 transportation budget.

31

Mar

2017

Liquor and Cannabis Board requests comment on agency compliance with local zoning rules

The LCB has requested comment on a petition by Kittitas County requesting a declaratory ruling on the issue of if the LCB must comply with local zoning requirements and only issue marijuana licenses when the application and location are congruent with local zoning.
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Categories: Marijuana

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.

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.

31

Mar

2017

Increased BLEA funding provided in the House budget

The House proposed budget includes vital increased funding for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

31

Mar

2017

House passes their operating budget - Negotiations with Senate will begin

The House budget was released and passed on a partisan vote last week. Negotiations will now begin between the House and Senate to reconcile differences in their approaches.

31

Mar

2017

House budget provides funds for paid family leave policy

The House budget proposal funds $82 million in start-up costs for the Family and Medical Leave Insurance policy (HB 1116).
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Categories: Personnel

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