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

5

Jan

2018

Low-income housing property tax bill heard again

HB 1532 would exempt properties from state and local property taxes that are owned by nonprofit entities for the purposes of developing residences for low-income households.
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Categories: Housing

5

Jan

2018

Bill seeks to specify compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements

Senator Karen Keiser’s (D-Kent) apprenticeship utilization bill, introduced in 2017, is back and scheduled for public hearing January 11 in the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee.

5

Jan

2018

Public Depository Task Force finishes work – Treasurer’s Office & OFM make recommendations

The 2017 Legislature established the Public Depository Task Force after several legislators pushed for the establishment of a state bank to fund infrastructure.

5

Jan

2018

Hearings scheduled for Voting Rights Act bills that could impact how city councilmembers get elected

Both the House and Senate will hear bills this week that could change whether your city council elections take place citywide or are divided by voting district.

18

Dec

2017

Legislators return in 2018 with different expectations and challenges – what might it mean for cities?

The balance of power has again shifted in Olympia and how that impacts cities will be a major focus of AWC during what we hope will be a short 60-day session beginning January 8 and ending March 8.

18

Dec

2017

NLC: Net neutrality is just the tip of the preemption iceberg

As Washington’s cities prepare for the deployment of small cell technology by telecommunications companies, we look to do so in a way that protects the rights of local governments and the taxpayers to decide how we lease public property.

18

Dec

2017

AWC board finalizes legislative priority to address behavioral health challenges

On December 8, the AWC board approved more specific language for our legislative priority to address behavioral health challenges across the state.

18

Dec

2017

Governor’s 2018 budget includes increased law enforcement training

The Governor’s proposed supplemental budget released on December 14 includes funding for one additional Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) class in 2019.

18

Dec

2017

Streamlined sales tax mitigation advisory committee meeting

EHB 2163 implements a state version of marketplace fairness (aka internet sales tax) on January 1, 2018, by imposing new requirements on more out-of-state internet retailers to collect sales tax or to report customer sales and notify customers for use tax purposes.

18

Dec

2017

Another bill seeks to implement a Washington Voting Rights Act

Proposals implementing a state Voting Rights Act have been introduced and debated in the Legislature for several years.

15

Dec

2017

Liquor and Cannabis Board releases marijuana home grow report

As directed by the Legislature, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) studied and reported on the possibility of legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana plant possession, also known as “home grow.”
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Categories: Marijuana

15

Dec

2017

PERS/TRS 1 COLA recommended by the Select Committee on Pension Policy

The Select Committee on Pension Policy met on December 12 and voted to recommend a Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) for members of the Teachers’ Retirement System Plan 1 (TRS 1) and Public Employees’ Retirement System Plan 1 (PERS 1).
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking begins this month

This past legislative session saw the creation of a new employee benefit system, the Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML).
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

Joint Transportation Committee hears assessment on Transportation Commission

The 2017 transportation budget included a proviso directing the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to conduct an assessment of the roles and responsibilities of the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC).

15

Dec

2017

AWC works to develop its economic development priority

In their September 29 board meeting, the AWC Board of Directors added economic development to their list of 2018 legislative priorities.
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