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

10

Mar

2017

There is still a chance to preserve the Public Works Trust Fund if we keep up the pressure

We are still hearing positive indications that the House is interested in moving forward with an amended version of the AWC public works reform proposal, HB 1677, and using that as a vehicle to advance a conversation about preserving the Public Works Assistance Account.

10

Mar

2017

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

SB 5788 concerning construction contracts, has died.

3

Mar

2017

Public works apprenticeship utilization bill on the move

HB 1849 makes several changes to apprenticeship utilization requirements on public works projects.

3

Mar

2017

Bill would require cities to provide relocation assistance on projects

SB 5049 would remove a city’s ability to opt out of providing relocation assistance in certain circumstances,

24

Feb

2017

Public Works Trust Fund bills likely to move in the House, but not right away

A bipartisan workgroup of legislators from the House Capital Budget Committee has been meeting to find a path forward on a proposal for local infrastructure funding.

17

Feb

2017

Bill that would change claims process on construction contracts still alive in the Senate

On Thursday, February 16, the Senate Law and Justice Committee amended SB 5788.

17

Feb

2017

House committee considers proposals for local infrastructure funding

On Tuesday February 14, the House Capital Budget Committee held a public hearing on a number of bills related to basic infrastructure funding including HB 1677, the AWC priority bill to reform and rebuild the Public Works Trust Fund.

10

Feb

2017

Glimmer of hope for the Public Works Trust Fund? Your voices needed!

AWC was invited to participate in a work session on local infrastructure in front of Senate Ways & Means Committee on Thursday Febraury 9, with AWC board member and Public Works Board member KC Kuykendall presenting for the Public Works Board and Carl Schroeder presenting for AWC.

3

Feb

2017

Working to bring Federal infrastructure investments to Washington

The Trump Administration is following through on campaign promises to construct a new initiative to address the well-recognized need for a significant new federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

3

Feb

2017

With MTCA facing shortfalls a surcharge is being considered again

The Model Toxics Control Accounts (MTCA) remain in desperate financial situation with the capital side of the ledger starting this session $75 million in the negative.

3

Feb

2017

Bills would require prime contractors to bond the subcontractors’ portion of retainage

The companion bills HB 1538/SB 5222, would require a prime contractor to provide a bond for the subcontractors’ portion of retainage if requested.

3

Feb

2017

Lots of opposition to bill aimed at claims process in construction contracts

On Wednesday, February 1, AWC testified in opposition to HB 1574. Introduced by Reps. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie) and Christine Kilduff (D-University Place), HB 1574 essentially overturns a 2002 State Supreme Court case (Mike M. Johnson, Inc. v. The County of Spokane).

27

Jan

2017

Several septic and sewer related bills emerge

If you have concerns or comments with any of these bills please send them to Carl Schroeder.

27

Jan

2017

Bill would affect claims on construction contracts

HB 1574, introduced by Reps. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie) and Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) would essentially overturn a 2002 State Supreme Court case (Mike M. Johnson, Inc. v. The County of Spokane).

27

Jan

2017

Bill would require cities to pay relocation assistance when property is acquired for public purpose

SB 5049, sponsored by Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), would hinder cities’ ability to opt out of offering relocation assistance to a property owner in certain instances when their property is acquired for a public purpose.
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