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

4

Oct

2013

Update on local liquor tax distributions

When legislators passed the state’s 2013 – 2015 biennial budget, they intended to redirect 50% of local liquor taxes to the state general fund.

3

Sep

2013

Lodging tax

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.

3

Sep

2013

Sales tax now being collected on all residential telephone service

As we reported in our Final Bulletin, the Legislature passed a telecommunications bill with significant impacts to cities.

12

Jul

2013

Business licensing and taxes dominate municipal finance issues

During the regular session, AWC and individual cities worked to ensure local control was retained for city business licensing and taxing authority.

26

Jun

2013

Countdown to the first of July

With five days left, we remain optimistic that the Legislature will pass a state operating budget and avoid a partial government shutdown.

7

Jun

2013

Lodging tax webinar now posted

Did you miss this week’s webinar on changes to local lodging taxes?

24

May

2013

Lodging taxes: Beyond the sunset

Recent legislation preserved most of the current uses of local lodging taxes while changing awarding and reporting requirements.

12

Apr

2013

Lodging tax bill moves with amendments (again)

AWC’s priority bill that would maintain the expanded uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, is eligible for a vote of the full Senate at any time.

12

Apr

2013

Don’t forget to submit lodging tax reports by May 1

Cities have been asking whether lodging tax reports need to be submitted to the Department of Commerce this year.

12

Apr

2013

Mandating city use of the state’s Business Licensing Service

This session, cities have been opposing SB 5656, which originally required cities to participate in the state’s Business Licensing Service (BLS) and was subsequently amended to give cities a choice between BLS and a city-developed licensing portal.

5

Apr

2013

Lodging tax bill passes Senate committee

It has been a tough battle keeping our priority lodging tax bill, HB 1253, moving, and city support has been invaluable along the way.

5

Apr

2013

Telecommunications tax parity bill

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee heard HB 1971, which removes the sales tax exemption for all residential phone lines, requires retailers to collect E911 taxes on prepaid wireless phones, and makes a number of other changes related to telecommunications.

29

Mar

2013

Amended version of city business license system bill moves

Yesterday, the House Local Government Committee passed SB 5656, which requires cities with business licenses to join the state’s business licensing service (BLS) or a city-developed licensing portal. 

22

Mar

2013

Bills impacting city finances get hearings

With last week’s cutoff to get bills out of their house of origin, bills that survived are now being heard in the opposite chamber. Yesterday, two bills with city impacts were heard.

15

Mar

2013

Lodging tax bill continues to move

The House version of AWC’s priority bill to maintain the current uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, passed the full House on a 71-26 vote just a few hours before Wednesday’s deadline.
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