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

16

Jun

2017

AWC expresses concerns with new MTCA bill

The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on SB 5943 on June 14.

16

Jun

2017

Cities support marketplace fairness and graduated REET in revenue proposals

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

16

Jun

2017

More examples of impacts if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30

The state has been communicating about its contingency plan for what would happen if a budget is not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1, which has never occurred before in our state.

16

Jun

2017

Governor signs law to help providers and local governments confront opioid crisis

Gov. Inslee signed HB 1427, sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody (D-West Seattle) that enacts several recommendations made by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force.

16

Jun

2017

AWC cosponsored conference focused on ending homelessness

AWC was a cosponsor for the Low Income Housing Alliance’s “Conference on Ending Homelessness.”

16

Jun

2017

Federal drone registration rules struck down by appeals court

A U.S. Court of Appeals recently struck down the 2015 regulation requiring drone operators to register with the FAA.

16

Jun

2017

New DRS pension rates to go into effect on July 1 for PERS, PSERS and LEOFF

The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) recently provided notice of pending contribution rate changes for the LEOFF, PERS, PSERS and the WSPRS pension systems.
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16

Jun

2017

New public records bills effective July 23, implementation work just beginning

The effective date of AWC’s two priority public records is July 23, 2017.

8

Jun

2017

Now is a critical time to weigh in to protect infrastructure funding and other vital city priorities

Legislators still have not come to agreement on operating and capital budgets, nor have they addressed key outstanding policy issues that are important to cities and towns.

7

Jun

2017

New, stronger distracted driving bill goes into effect on July 23

A new law targeting distracted driving goes into effect on July 23, 2017.

2

Jun

2017

Be on the lookout for your call to action

AWC needs your help so we can continue to help keep your cities strong.

2

Jun

2017

Internet sales – city impacts of State Marketplace Fairness Act

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of the Marketplace Fairness Act requiring sales tax collections or reporting of customers for use taxes by internet retailers.

2

Jun

2017

Property tax bill expected to be in play in budget negotiations

AWC priority bill HB 1764, would change the annual property tax limit from one percent to a limit linked to inflation and population growth.

2

Jun

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions

One of the issues that remains part of the budget negotiations is a change to the distribution formula for Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions in the Senate-proposed budget.

2

Jun

2017

Legislature still struggling to find fixes for water management issues

Discussions are continuing in an attempt to resolve the chaos created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as “Hirst” and “Foster.”
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