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

22

Feb

2013

Conversion of vehicle fleets to use alternative fuels

SB 5099, which provides more reasonable and definitive guidelines for the alternative vehicle fuel mandate facing down cities in 2018, passed out of the Senate on February 22 with a 46 -2 vote.

22

Feb

2013

SEPA and utility latecomer fees

HB 1717 is expected to come out of committee on February 22, ahead of the cutoff.

22

Feb

2013

MTCA reform legislation

On February 20, AWC testified with positive commentary, but short of full support, on SB 5296.

22

Feb

2013

Upending annexation statutes

As introduced and passed from the Senate Governmental Operations Committee, SB 5013 would alter every form of annexation to require approval by voters in the annexation area.

15

Feb

2013

Mandatory deferral of impact fees

This year’s version of the seemingly perennial impact fee deferral bill, HB 1652, was heard in the House Local Government committee on February 14.

15

Feb

2013

Stormwater funding prioritization

Sen. Rivers (R-La Center) has introduced a companion (SB 5441) to Rep. Pike's bill (HB 1235) to prioritize state investments in stormwater toward helping local governments meet our permit obligations, rather than the current focus on items that are largely above and beyond permit obligations.

15

Feb

2013

Vehicle fleet conversion bill heard in the House

On February 12, Battleground City Manager John Williams joined AWC and city lobbyist Mark Brown to testify in favor of our fleet conversion legislation (HB 1602) in front of the House Environment Committee.

15

Feb

2013

Rollback of new SEPA rules

A late-breaking bill this session (HB 1809) appears to roll back a number of advances secured by the passage of our SEPA reform provisions in SB 6406 last year.

12

Feb

2013

Time for you to talk about these critical priorities

City officials met in Olympia this week to talk to their legislators about legislation, both good and bad, that impacts their communities.

8

Feb

2013

Utility latecomer fees added to upfront SEPA proposal

The business community has asked us to consider some additional changes to HB 1104 which will allow cities to use latecomer fees to recover the cost of upfront environmental review for a planned action or infill areas within a city.

8

Feb

2013

Schools as essential public facilities?

SB 5314 declares public schools as essential public facilities under the Growth Management Act.

8

Feb

2013

Working waterfront bill returns

Sen. Ranker’s (D–Orcas Island) bill to establish the “Working Waterfront Redevelopment Jobs Act” has returned.

8

Feb

2013

Significant new proposal on environmental justice

HB 1434 from Rep. Pollet (D-Seattle) is a significant new proposal on “environmental justice” – a term to describe what some view as disproportionate impacts on certain communities from the siting of pollution-generating facilities or granting of environmental permits.

8

Feb

2013

Ocean acidification bill to be heard on the February 13

Sen. Ranker (D-Orcas Island) has introduced SB 5547 to adopt recommendations of the Governor’s Ocean Acidification Panel.

8

Feb

2013

Surplus housing bill to be heard on February 14

HB 1563 from new Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) authorizes cities to sell or lease surplus property at less than fair market rent for affordable housing purposes.
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