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

10

Mar

2017

Lodging tax reporting due by March 15

The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) asked AWC to remind cities of the deadline for reporting of lodging expenditures for 2016.

10

Mar

2017

Fiscal flexibility bill continues to move

SHB 2006 passed the House on March 7.

10

Mar

2017

Homestead property tax exemption bill scheduled for hearing

HB 2115, a bill to expand the property tax homestead exemption, is scheduled for hearing in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, March 14, at 3:30 pm.

10

Mar

2017

Pavement condition reporting bill moving through the process

HB 1490, concerns the requirement of cities to biennially report pavement condition data to the Department of Transportation.

10

Mar

2017

Bills related to abandoned and foreclosed homes still moving

As noted in an earlier Legislative Bulletin article, AWC has been actively engaged in conversations around city authority over abating nuisance properties that are in foreclosure and/or have been abandoned.
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Categories: Housing

10

Mar

2017

Bill that would change claims process on construction contracts fails to pass

SB 5788 concerning construction contracts, has died.

10

Mar

2017

Small cell telecommunications bill fails to move out of the Senate

After a flurry of lobbying, amendment writing, press reporting, and wrangling amongst senators, SB 5711 never came up for a vote on the floor of the Senate before the “House of Origin” cutoff at 5 pm on March 8.

6

Mar

2017

Legislative Bulletin – City business license and tax bills pass | Public records bills pass | Bill hot sheets

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

6

Mar

2017

Cities told budget will be devastatingly gloomy – Tell your Senator why cities matter

Why now? There’s at least $210 million in city revenue sharing funds susceptible to the budget ax as Senate budget writers work behind closed doors to craft their budget proposal.

6

Mar

2017

Senate Ways & Means Committee making key decisions for drafting proposed budget

AWC recently sent an action alert to cities with Senators on the Ways & Means Committee or in leadership.

6

Mar

2017

Emergency notification bills move out of both chambers

Bills that would require emergency notices in languages other than English, HB 1540 and SB 5046, were voted out of the House and Senate last week.

6

Mar

2017

AWC priority public records bills pass the House!

AWC’s priority public records bills, HB 1594 and HB 1595, both passed the House on Friday with bipartisan votes.

3

Mar

2017

Workers’ compensation reform bill on the move in the Senate

Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s (R-Spokane) bill, SB 5822, is continuing to move through the Senate.
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Categories: Personnel

3

Mar

2017

Bill allowing stress-related occupational diseases for police and firefighters moving in the House

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

3

Mar

2017

Bill consolidating state’s public health system passes House

HB 1432, which would consolidate the state’s public health system, was voted out of the House of Representatives on March 2.
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