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

17

May

2013

All quiet on the Olympia front

The 30-day legislative Special Session convened on Monday, May 13.

10

May

2013

Special session convenes May 13

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to connect with your legislators while they've been home these past two weeks.

3

May

2013

A word with legislators while they’re home

The 105-day legislative session sputtered to a close on April 28 and the Governor quickly announced he was calling legislators back for a 30-day special session beginning Monday, May 13.

26

Apr

2013

Legislative overtime imminent

Sunday, April 28, is the last day of this legislative session, and we doubt there will be any agreement on the biennial budget that is due to fund state expenditures beginning on July 1.

19

Apr

2013

Final policy bill cutoff passes – Where do cities stand?

Following an important cut-off date on Wednesday for policy bills to clear the opposite chamber, legislators are now more focused on resolving budget issues and coming to agreement on differences in the bills each chamber has passed.

12

Apr

2013

The cards have finally been dealt

Both the public and behind-the-scenes debates and negotiations over the state’s fiscal year 2013-2015 budget have begun in earnest.

5

Apr

2013

AWC priority updates as April 28 adjournment deadline nears

Coming into the legislative session, we knew the focus would be on state budget issues and how to reconcile the competing views of different philosophical factions in the House and Senate and those of a new Governor.

29

Mar

2013

Legislature has less than a month to act

The 105-day session is scheduled to end on April 28. Policy bills are still being worked on and worked out – you will find information on the major ones still in play under each issue area in this Bulletin

22

Mar

2013

First budget proposals and impacts to cities likely unveiled next week

For months, AWC has been communicating with you and others that the partnership that has long defined the fiscal and service delivery relationship between cities and the state is about to be very seriously tested.

20

Mar

2013

Today’s state revenue forecast – what it might mean for cities

Today, the state received unexpected news with the release of the latest state revenue forecast. Legislators have been waiting for this quarterly forecast before releasing their 2013 – 2015 biennial budget proposals, and many were anticipating this forecast would show the state had even less revenue than originally predicted.

15

Mar

2013

City priorities update

An extended vetting process last fall led to the development of AWC’s legislative priorities.

8

Mar

2013

Legislature at the halfway point

We’re fully engaged in the “roller coaster” phase of legislative session.

1

Mar

2013

The bumpy road ahead

Your involvement in legislative activities during the first half of this session has made a big difference.

22

Feb

2013

Where do AWC Priorities stand at first bill cut-off?

February 22 is the deadline for any legislation changing or creating new policy to pass out of the committee that deals with the subject, or it likely won’t be considered until next year.

15

Feb

2013

A dose of fiscal and political reality

Over 300 city officials gathered in Olympia this past week to lobby legislators and discuss priorities at AWC’s Legislative Action Conference.
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