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

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Feb

2017

Bill would give expanded authority to Parking and Business Improvement Areas

HB 1823 grants new authorities to the parking and business improvement area program (PBIA).

10

Feb

2017

Bills would allow for greater participation in Main Street Program

HB 1343/SB 5135 would increase the tax credit limit for the Main Street tax incentive program from $1.5 million to $5 million.

3

Feb

2017

Legislative Bulletin – City priority bills on the move

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

3

Feb

2017

Education funding bills start to frame the budget debate, which will reveal the fate of city shared revenues and key programs

Last week on a 25-24 party line vote, the Senate debated and passed a plan to fund K-12 education.

3

Feb

2017

Update on marijuana bills of interest

New info on bills related to implications of city moratoria/bans and the masking of marijuana odors.
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Categories: Marijuana

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

Bill would shift to the state all regulation and licensing of ride-share companies

SB 5620 is a significant piece of legislation aimed at establishing statewide uniform regulation for transportation network companies (e.g. Uber, Lyft).

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

Bills would require cities to provide emergency notices in languages other than English

HB 1540, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle), and SB 5046, Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Tukwila), would require city emergency management departments to provide emergency notices in languages represented by their communities who speak a language other than English.

3

Feb

2017

New bill restricts city authority to regulate homeless camps operated by religious institutions

SB 5657 from Sen. Mark Milsocia (R-Federal Way) provides a host of new restrictions on the power of cities to regulate the operation of homeless camps operated by religious institutions.

3

Feb

2017

AWC priority public records bills set for hearing

AWC’s two priority bills on public records, HB 1594 and HB 1595, have been scheduled for public hearing in the House State Government Committee on February 10 at 10 am.

3

Feb

2017

Major proposal on homelessness, preempting cities on encampments, many policy changes

SB 5656 from Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) is an incredibly wide-ranging proposal that among other things completely preempts city authority around homeless encampments and creates minimum standards for cities to enforce, without funding.

3

Feb

2017

Problematic surplus housing bill surfaces again

HB 1752 would require governments who dispose of surplus property at fair market value to transfer 20 percent of the proceeds to the state for deposit into the Housing Trust Fund.
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Categories: Housing

3

Feb

2017

Bills that change deadly force laws get hearings in House and Senate

Bills that emerged from the interim Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing received hearings on January 31 in the House and February 2 in the Senate.

3

Feb

2017

Bill would allow employees over 60 the option of opting out of retirement system membership

A bill requested by the Select Committee on Pension Policy would allow new government employees the option of opting out of retirement system membership if the employee is age 60 or older when first hired.
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Categories: Personnel

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