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

20

Mar

2015

Bill on thermal energy efficiency would create new requirement when constructing or renovating some city buildings

2SHB 1095 contains a number of provisions related to energy efficiency, most of which do not apply directly to cities.

6

Mar

2015

Voting Rights Act passes House, moves to Senate

HB 1745, the Washington Voting Rights Act, passed out of the House on a party-line vote Thursday, March 5, and will now move to the Senate for consideration.

23

Feb

2015

Voting Rights Act gets amended, making its way through Legislature

HB 1745 and SB 5668, bills establishing a Washington State Voting Rights Act (VRA), both saw executive action taken last week and are making their way through the Legislature.

6

Feb

2015

Fiscal impacts of initiatives and referenda

Several bills and a constitutional amendment have been introduced that would add fiscal impact information disclosure requirements on Initiatives and Referenda.

6

Feb

2015

Voting Rights Act gets public hearing

HB 1745, Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace), establishing a Washington State Voting Rights Act, had a public hearing Thursday, February 5 in the House State Government Committee.

30

Jan

2015

Voting Rights Act up for hearing next week

For the fourth year in a row, legislation establishing a Washington State Voting Rights Act (VRA) is making its way through the legislature.

30

Jan

2015

Senate launches remote testimony pilot project

The Senate is launching a new remote testimony pilot project.

28

Jan

2015

Urge your legislators to join the Local Government Champions Caucus

There is an exciting movement taking place in the legislature this year.

23

Jan

2015

Can voters get better information on the fiscal impacts of initiatives and referenda?

Following last fall’s close vote passing I-1351 (K-12 Class size), bi-partisan groups of legislators have begun to file a series of bills aimed at helping voters connect the dots between what they might like as ideas and how to pay for them.

22

Jan

2015

Critical week for local government champion caucuses

Never before have bi-partisan groups of legislators organized to focus on city and county issues in their respective caucuses.

16

Jan

2015

What to expect on the public records front this session

As we move into the 2015 legislative session, here are a several public records policies expected to generate debate and discussion.

18

Nov

2014

Save the Date! Mayors Exchange

Mayors from across the state will converge in Olympia at the end of the first week of the 2015 legislative session.

18

Nov

2014

Cities Suggest Changes to the Public Records Act, Sunshine Committee Agrees

During its October 28, 2014, meeting the Washington State Sunshine Committee considered two changes to the Public Records Act (PRA).

17

Oct

2014

Concerns Remain Around Voting Rights Act

As noted in our last bulletin, conversations continue around voting rights in Washington after the federal court ruled the City of Yakima’s system for electing councilmembers violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

17

Oct

2014

Please Respond to Fuel Usage Survey to Inform Rulemaking on Alternative Fuel Requirements

The Washington State Legislature directed the Department of Commerce to develop rules regarding the use of alternative fuels – including electricity, biofuels, natural gas, and propane – for local government vehicles, vessels and construction equipment (see RCW 43.19.648).
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