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

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Apr

2016

Few changes to marijuana law passed in 2016, big changes ahead in July

After passing significant changes in 2015 to the medical and recreational marijuana industry, little action occurred in 2016.

28

Apr

2016

Body cameras take center stage in 2016, other AWC priorities not as successful

2016 was a relatively quiet year for public safety and criminal justice legislation.

28

Apr

2016

Voting Rights and district elections proposals fail to pass

For the past several years, voting rights proponents have advanced a bill that would allow members of a protected class to file an action against a local government in the case of polarized voting.

28

Apr

2016

Changes to GMA fail. School siting, vesting and eminent domain may return in 2017

It was a busy session in the land use arena. But it was also a year that fit the old adage “don’t mistake activity for progress.”

28

Apr

2016

Public Works Trust Fund and Model Toxics Control Accounts face uncertain futures

What looked like a quiet year going into 2016 proved to be anything but when the final bell tolled on the session.

28

Apr

2016

Disappointing session for municipal finance issues

While the enacted state budget ultimately provided full funding of state revenues distributed to cities, such as liquor taxes and city-county assistance, the 2016 legislative session brought no real consideration of ways to ensure the fiscal sustainability of cities.

28

Apr

2016

Good start but much more needed in homelessness, affordable housing and human services sectors

The start of the 2016 supplemental legislative session saw significant interest and momentum in the homelessness, human services and housing (HHH) arenas, including great attention from the city family.

28

Apr

2016

Interesting session for personnel and pension issues

Few bills related to personnel and pension issues passed in the 2016 session, and we were successful in stopping some that were considered costly for local employers.

28

Apr

2016

Supplemental transportation budget passes

Although the Legislature’s failure to adopt a supplemental operating budget forced them to go into a special session, they did pass a supplemental transportation budget during the regular session.

28

Apr

2016

About the 2016 Final Bulletin

As always, this ;Bulletin is divided into issue areas (finance, transportation, law & justice, etc.). Within each issue area you will find a session overview and a table of bills, which includes AWC priority bills and other bills of interest to cities.

31

Jul

2015

2015 session was longest in history and ultimately, positive for cities

What a difference a year can make. At the end of the 2014 session, little was done to help cities across the state.

31

Jul

2015

Few personnel bills pass this session

In the personnel and pensions area, the theme for 2016 was similar to that from the last two years – many proposals introduced, but the political differences between the House and Senate meant few bills were passed.

31

Jul

2015

Legislature (finally) adopts a comprehensive transportation package

One of the bright spots of this legislative session was the Legislature’s bipartisan action on a statewide comprehensive transportation package.

31

Jul

2015

Mixed bag on infrastructure this session – much accomplished but still a lot to do

Your favorite flavor of infrastructure might be the most important determinant of how you feel the legislative session turned out.

31

Jul

2015

Voting Rights Act fails to make the Governor’s desk

Since 2012, the Legislature has grappled with a proposal to create a Washington Voting Rights Act.
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