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

6

Jan

2017

Legislative Bulletin – 2017 legislative session begins today!

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

6

Jan

2017

Over at least the next 15 weeks, we will keep you informed and at crucial times, will ask for your help

The 105-day 2017 legislative session is now underway. Over the coming weeks, legislators and Governor Inslee will consider, debate, and ultimately decide how to invest in our collective future.

6

Jan

2017

Legislation expected on regulation of small cell networks

AWC staff and representatives from a number of cities have held several meetings with Verizon in response to Verizon’s expressed intent to introduce legislation aimed at facilitating the rollout of small cell networks and 5G wireless technology.

6

Jan

2017

Statewide pharmaceutical take-back program proposed

Rep. Peterson (D – Edmonds) has dropped HB 1047 to prevent the abuse and misuse of pharmaceuticals.

6

Jan

2017

Still no agreement about how to fund basic education

As legislators return to Olympia this week, their primary objective is to pass a two-year state operating budget that fully funds basic education.

6

Jan

2017

Studies conclude pension mergers possible

During the 2016 session, the Senate considered a bill to merge the LEOFF 1 (Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’) and TRS 1 (Teachers’ Retirement System) pensions systems.
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Categories: Personnel

6

Jan

2017

Water bills begin to surface

Recent Supreme Court decisions have thrown our state’s water management system into disarray.

6

Jan

2017

Final report released by task force on local tax & licensing simplification

Over the past several months, we’ve been writing about the task force on local tax and licensing simplification created by the Legislature in 2016.

6

Jan

2017

School siting conversation begins anew

Despite coming close to agreement at the end of the last legislative session, school districts promoting expanded opportunities to cite schools outside of urban growth areas have introduced a bill (HB 1017) which takes a whole new approach.

14

Dec

2016

Governor’s proposed state budget impacts cities

On December 14, Governor Inslee released his proposed operating, capital, and transportation budgets for the state’s two-year biennium beginning July 1, 2017.

14

Dec

2016

Governor’s proposed state operating budget released today

Late this morning, Governor Inslee released his proposal to fund state programs and services for the two-year biennium beginning July 1, 2017.

12

Dec

2016

How might a closely divided Legislature help or hinder AWC’s 2017 agenda?

As legislators prepare to start their session on January 9, they come back to several looming challenges in addition to K-12 education funding.

12

Dec

2016

Small cell networks

The Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee recently held a work session on 5G Wireless technology.

12

Dec

2016

What do legislators and staff see as big issues to tackle in the transportation world in 2017?

The Washington Highway Users Federation (WHUF) held their interim briefing on December 6 to update stakeholders on the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package and what to expect on the transportation front in 2017.

12

Dec

2016

AWC actively monitoring possible legislative responses to the Hirst decision

In October, the Washington State Supreme Court decided a major water resources case, Hirst v Whatcom County, and held among other things that counties have an independent duty under the Growth Management Act to determine the legal availability of water before issuing building permits, irrespective of any action or inaction by the State Department of Ecology.
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