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Apr

2015

Washington State Marketplace Fairness Act

In an unexpected move, some Washington lawmakers have decided not to wait for Congress to act on legislation that would allow the state to collect sales tax from out-of-state-retailers.

1

Apr

2015

Senate Republicans release operating budget proposal

Last week, the House Democrats released their 2015-17 state operating budget.

30

Mar

2015

State budget update

As expected, the House Democrats released their 2015-17 state operating budget on Friday, March 27.

2

Mar

2015

What’s up with the state budget?

We’re nearing the half way mark of the 2015 legislative session, and last week a number of Senators introduced 22 title-only bills related to the biennial budget discussion (Senate ill numbers 6049-6070).

2

Mar

2015

Update on bills impacting state audits

This session, we’ve been writing about three bills related to the State Auditor’s Office.

2

Mar

2015

Lodging tax reporting due March 15

The 2013 legislation that maintained most uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, requires cities and counties with a lodging tax to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) instead of the Department of Commerce.

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Feb

2015

Establishing an appeals process for state audits

This morning, the House General Government & Information Technology Committee heard HB 2148, allowing for audits to be conducted by a private entity and establishing an appeal process.

23

Feb

2015

State audits of local government data storage and management

HB 1008 authorizes audits of state and local government data storage and management practices.

23

Feb

2015

Other budget & finance bills – where are they now?

Today marks the start of the 7th week of session, and last Friday was the deadline for bills to move from policy committees.

13

Feb

2015

Public safety sales tax distribution

SB 5866 would allow a county to retain all of the public safety sales tax if it begins imposing the tax after July 1, 2015.

13

Feb

2015

Imposing fines and withholding taxes to local jurisdictions not filing annual financial reports

Last month, the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) issued a special report about local governments that do not file their annual financial reports.

6

Feb

2015

REET flexibility bill gets hearing

HB 1789, sponsored by Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), is being heard on Tuesday, February 10 at 10 am in the House Local Government Committee.

30

Jan

2015

Authorizing state audits of data storage and management practices

This week, the House General Government & Information Technology Committee heard HB 1008, authorizing the State Auditor to conduct audits of a state or local government’s data management and storage practices and requiring state agencies and local governments to report computer breaches to the Auditor.

30

Jan

2015

Reducing the frequency of local sales tax changes

On Monday, the Senate Ways & Means Committee will hear SB 5511, which would reduce the number of times per year local governments can change their sales tax rates.

30

Jan

2015

Allowing counties to retain a portion of property taxes collected

SB 5677 would allow county treasurers to retain a portion of the property taxes collected on behalf of cities, local schools, and junior taxing districts to defray the cost of collecting the tax.
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