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

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.

15

Mar

2013

New telecommunications tax parity bill heard

We’ve previously written about SB 5422 and HB 1971, which address the issues raised in the 2011 Sprint Spectrum v. Washington State Department of Revenue case.

15

Mar

2013

Mandating city use of state’s business licensing service

On Monday, the Senate passed SB 5656, which requires all cities issuing business licenses to participate in the state’s business licensing service (BLS).

15

Mar

2013

Changing local B&O taxes

On Tuesday, a substitute version of SB 5688 passed the Senate.

15

Mar

2013

Reducing the frequency of sales tax changes

The Senate also passed SB 5697, which reduces the frequency of local sales tax changes to twice per year.

15

Mar

2013

Local government fiscal health review and response

We previously wrote about the State Treasurer’s proposal to establish a Local Government Fiscal Health Commission.
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