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

24

Mar

2017

Senate releases transportation budget

On March 20, the Senate released their proposed transportation budget for the 2017-19 biennium.

17

Mar

2017

Senate budget impact on cities coming mid-week, so get ready!

We’re about to know how the Senate budget writers view longstanding partnerships with cities.

17

Mar

2017

New state revenue forecast positive

Last week, the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released its quarterly revenue forecast.

17

Mar

2017

Changes pushed on how courts handle informant testimony

SB 5038 would change how prosecutors handle testimony from informants during court proceedings. 

17

Mar

2017

Good hearing in Senate on public records priority bills

AWC’s priority public records bills HB 1594 & HB 1595 were heard in the Senate State Government Committee last week.

17

Mar

2017

Small city mayors show their support for the Public Works Trust Fund

With the Legislature poised to release budget proposals in the coming weeks, now is a critical time to remind legislators of the importance of the Public Works Trust Fund, especially for smaller communities.

17

Mar

2017

Bill addressing meth contaminated property gets traction in Senate

HB 1757 would help cities and the Department of Health (DOH) respond to hotels and motels contaminated with illegal drugs.

17

Mar

2017

Costly bill allowing stress-related occupational diseases for police and firefighters set for hearing in the Senate

HB 1655 would exempt police officers and firefighters from current prohibitions against claiming stress-related mental conditions as occupational diseases.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Mar

2017

City officials storm Capitol Hill in the other Washington

Joining another 2,300 city officials from across the country, nearly 100 Washington city officials visited Washington, D.C. last week to attend a National League of Cities conference.
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Categories: Federal

17

Mar

2017

New report lays groundwork for a federal Infrastructure Initiative

As the new administration and Congress consider making major investment in the nation’s infrastructure, AWC has worked with the Association of Washington Business and state organizations representing counties and ports, to produce a report outlining some of the needs and benefits of state infrastructure investments.
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Categories: Federal

17

Mar

2017

Efforts to reform legal financial obligations continue to move through the Legislature

A bill to reform how legal financial obligations work (LFOs), HB 1783, has moved through the House and has been sent to the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

17

Mar

2017

Property tax bills scheduled for committee action

AWC priority bill HB 1764, which would link annual property tax limits to inflation and population growth, is scheduled to potentially move out of the House Finance Committee on Friday, March 24 at 8 am.

17

Mar

2017

City business license and tax bills heard last week

A city business license and tax proposal, EHB 2005, was heard in the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee last week.

17

Mar

2017

Cities testify on complicated bill addressing unregulated encampments and youth homelessness

Cities, counties and human services providers testified in opposition to SB 5864 in the Senate Ways & Means committee on March 16.

17

Mar

2017

Homeless encampments hosted by religious organizations

SB 5657 was heard in the House Community Development and Housing Committee on March 15.
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