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

10

Feb

2017

Local officials express overwhelming support for new limits on property tax increases

Last Friday, the House Finance Committee heard AWC’s priority bill to link annual property tax increases to inflation and population growth, HB 1764.

10

Feb

2017

Bills impacting city finances introduced

As the sixth week of session begins, there is an increase in the number of bills related to local government finances.

10

Feb

2017

AWC Federal Priorities under review

With the passage of time and changes in Washington D.C., it is again time to review the priorities.
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Categories: Federal

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

Bills seek to remedy issues related to abandoned and foreclosed homes

HB 2057/SB 5797 tasks the Housing Finance Commission with creating a process where “entities,” such as cities, counties or servicers, can apply to obtain a certificate of abandonment for properties that meet the definition of abandoned.
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Categories: Housing

10

Feb

2017

AWC priority public records bills heard in committee on Friday

AWC’s priority public records bills, HB 1594 and HB 1595, were heard in the House State Government, Elections, & Information Technology Committee on Friday, February 10.

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.

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.

10

Feb

2017

Business license and tax bills to be heard in House and Senate – HB 2005, SB 5777

Two bills HB 2005 and SB 5777 were introduced in the last week that reflect several recommendations of the 2016 task force on local business tax and licensing simplification final report.

10

Feb

2017

Bill would authorize the use of automated license plate readers

Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Bainbridge Island) is sponsoring a HB 1909 to allow automated license plate reading systems in numerous situations.

10

Feb

2017

Legislation directs state to develop emergency plans for oil train accidents

Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) has developed HB 1698 that would require the state’s Department of Health to prepare emergency preparedness guidance for oil train accidents.

10

Feb

2017

Bill would cap public record penalties in certain cases

SB 5710 sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Kirkland) is a proposal from the City of Kirkland that would cap penalties in certain public records cases.

10

Feb

2017

Cities testify against small cell pre-emption bills but the work continues

As reported last week, identical bills were heard in the House and Senate that would preempt city authority to manage their rights of way, impose new permit timelines and mandate a cost formula for charging for pole attachments.

10

Feb

2017

Bill seeks authority to set speed limits for trains carrying hazardous flammable materials

HB 1498/SB 5098 would authorize the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and first class cities to seek a preemption waiver from the United States Department of Transportation for a speed limit reduction for high-hazard flammable trains in certain circumstances.
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