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

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.

15

Mar

2013

Bill expanding tribal property tax exemption does not move

HB 1287 extended the tribal property tax exemption to all tribal economic development purposes, which could include casinos, golf courses, and race tracks.

8

Mar

2013

Priority lodging tax bills await action in both chambers

The AWC priority bills that maintain the current uses of local lodging tax revenue, HB 1253 and SB 5262, are both eligible for a full vote in their respective chambers.

8

Mar

2013

City action still needed on city business licenses and B&O tax

Earlier this week, we sent cities with business licenses and/or B&O taxes an Action Alert asking them to contact their Senators in opposition to SB 5656, which requires all cities with business licenses to join the state’s Business Licensing Service (BLS), and SB 5688, which requires cities to use the state B&O classifications and gives the state authority to implement and interpret the local B&O model ordinance.

8

Mar

2013

Local government practices and procedures

AWC continues to support ESHB 1274, which passed the full House and has been referred to the Senate Governmental Operations Committee.

1

Mar

2013

AWC priority lodging tax bill continues to move

Yesterday, the House Finance Committee passed a substitute version of HB 1253, which addresses the uses of local lodging tax revenue.

1

Mar

2013

Reducing the frequency of local sales tax changes

The House and Senate continue to consider companion bills that would reduce the number of times per year local governments can change their sales tax rates.

1

Mar

2013

Property tax exemption for tribal property used for economic development

A bill that passed through the House Finance Committee yesterday would expand exemptions for federally recognized tribes from property and excise taxes to include economic development activities.

1

Mar

2013

Telecommunications tax parity bills

Another bill has been introduced to address cell phone sales tax issues raised in lawsuits by communications companies against the state.

1

Mar

2013

Local government fiscal health review and response

The House version of the bill that would establish a Local Government Fiscal Health Commission, HB 1828, passed the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government this week.

22

Feb

2013

Update on maintaining current uses of lodging taxes

AWC’s priority lodging tax bills continue to move in both chambers.
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