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

10

Feb

2017

Critical water bills get hearing and one bill advances

Bills seeking to address the challenges resulting from the recent Hirst and Foster Supreme Court cases continue to get a lot of attention.

10

Feb

2017

Affordable housing and homelessness bills in play

As of February 10, HB 1570 (Increasing homelessness funding) and HB 1797 (Generating new local option revenue sources for affordable housing) were in negotiations and still in the House Community Development and Housing Committee.

10

Feb

2017

AWC co-hosts lunch with legislators to discuss funding for removal of fish-blocking culverts

AWC collaborated with the Washington State Association of Counties to hold a brown bag lunch for legislators this week to discuss the work we have been doing to create a statewide strategic approach to replacing fish blocking culverts and to fund a program to help local governments.

3

Feb

2017

Bill gives new authority to Boundary Review Boards

Under current law Boundary Review Boards (BRBs) can take certain specified actions when they review an annexation.

3

Feb

2017

Authorizing manufactured housing communities outside of Urban Growth Areas (UGAs)

SB 5615 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee on February 7.

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

New responses to the Hirst and Foster water rights court decisions will be heard in the House

We have been updating you on our efforts to resolve challenges created by recent Supreme Court decisions on the management of water in Washington State.

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

Numerous bills address state building codes

We are still sorting through a number of Building Code Council bill proposals.

27

Jan

2017

Extension of transit-oriented SEPA authority

HB 1740 extends a targeted authority that restricts State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) appeals of certain projects near transit lines that are within a planned action area designated by a city.

27

Jan

2017

Authorizing rail dependent uses outside of Urban Growth Areas

HB 1504 would provide clear authority to site rail dependent uses outside of Urban Growth areas (UGAs) adjacent to short-line railroads and allow more intensive development to support those uses.

20

Jan

2017

Major water bills heard on Tuesday the 24

SB 5024 and SB 5239 present alternative approaches to the Hirst water case that has potentially profound implications on the management of water resources in the state.

20

Jan

2017

Funding proposal for state’s oil spill prevention activities

In recent years cities worked with the state to pass enhancements to oil spill prevention activities and equipment caches to respond to increased concerns about the transportation of oil by rail.

20

Jan

2017

FCC threatens to limit local land use authority on wireless siting

We have been reporting on the efforts of Verizon’s effort to introduce legislation in our state legislature that could potentially lead to loss of local control.

20

Jan

2017

Significant vesting bill up for consideration

On January 24 at 1:30 the Senate Local Government Committee will hear SB 5212 which attempts to overturn the Snohomish County vs. PCHB case which held that stormwater development regulations do not “vest” because they are required by state law and are not adopted as a matter of local discretion.
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