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

25

Jan

2013

Seeking expertise and feedback on utility latecomer fees

As part of the discussions around the SEPA latecomer fees, the business community has also asked us to work with them to strengthen existing utility latecomer fee statutes. 

25

Jan

2013

Expansion of water-sewer district authority

Rep. Takko (D-Longview) has introduced a proposal (HB 1239) significantly expanding the authority of water-sewer districts. 

25

Jan

2013

Preservation of MTCA funding for toxic site cleanups and stormwater management

AWC has joined a group of organizations in the local government, business, and environmental communities in a coalition uniting to preserve the dedicated capital accounts used to fund the state’s investments in toxic cleanups, stormwater, and other activities. 

25

Jan

2013

Stormwater bills scheduled for hearings

Newly elected Rep. Pike (R-Camas) has come out of the gate looking to help local governments manage our stormwater responsibilities, and has already secured hearings on two bills on January 30. HB 1235 would require the Department of Ecology to give the highest priority for stormwater management funding assistance to local projects or activities that are required by municipal stormwater permits. 

25

Jan

2013

MTCA reform legislation

AWC testified on January 23 on two bills that would make significant changes to the Model Toxics Control Act – the state law that governs and funds the cleanup and prevention of toxic sites around the state, and provides funds for local stormwater management. 

25

Jan

2013

Derelict vessel bill needs review on potential new costs to cities

HB 1245, which seeks to strengthen the state’s derelict vessel program, includes a lot of ideas that cities may like and a few that may be of significant concern. 

25

Jan

2013

Plastic bag bill introduced

The bill we have highlighted previously, (HB 1310) creating a model ordinance approach to city authority to regulate consumer takeout bags, has been dropped into the hopper and introduced for legislative conversation. We will be meeting soon with the proponents of the bill. If you haven’t yet provided comments to Carl Schroeder, please do so soon.

18

Jan

2013

Feedback needed on major water policy proposal

HB 1196 concerns the Yakima River basin, but potentially could serve as a model for water policy changes statewide.

18

Jan

2013

Requiring a vote of the people for all annexations

Sen. Benton (R-Vancouver) has introduced a bill that would require a public vote for all annexations (SB 5013). It will be heard in the Senate Government Operations Committee on January 22.

18

Jan

2013

Selection of sewer systems in urban areas

Rep. Angel (R-Port Orchard) has asked for our feedback on a proposal to expand authority for the selection of “appropriate sewer systems” in urban areas.

18

Jan

2013

Notice requirements for zoning changes

For several years now, Rep. Angel (R-Port Orchard) has introduced legislation requiring specific procedures to notify owners of property that could be affected by any zoning changes proposed by local governments.

18

Jan

2013

Plat approval timeline extension

Rep. Angel (R-Port Orchard) introduced HB 1074, which extends the timeline by which final plats must be submitted to a city legislative authority from nine years after issuance of preliminary approval to ten years, if the preliminary plat was approved before December 31, 2007.

18

Jan

2013

Restricting the use of eminent domain

The Senate Law & Justice Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on SB 5014 at 1:30pm on January 23.

11

Jan

2013

Feedback needed on plastic bag legislation

The Washington Food Industry is working on legislation directing how municipalities may regulate the use of disposable plastic bags from retail establishments, and they have reached out for feedback from cities.

11

Jan

2013

Feedback needed on legislation to allow digital billboards

Clear Channel Communications is working on a new proposal regarding digital billboards.

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