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

13

Jan

2017

Dig Law clean-up bill gets hearing

HB 1064, introduced by Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) at the request of the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) “cleans up” the underground utility damage prevention act (aka “Dig Law”).

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.

12

Dec

2016

AWC is working on a new strategy to refresh the city state infrastructure partnership

Thirty years ago, Washington established the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF), creating a national model – the first revolving loan fund for community infrastructure.

12

Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

30

Sep

2016

OFM hosts stakeholder meeting to discuss MTCA stability

A capital budget proviso asked the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to form a workgroup to explore opportunities to stabilize programs and activities funded by the state’s Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA).

21

Sep

2016

Cities Sewer Funding Coalition

The Sewer Fund Coalition was formed in 2014 to bring awareness to our state legislators about the financial burden cities are faced with when trying to meet the current standards set by the Department of Ecology.

22

Jul

2016

UTC proposing changes to Washington’s Dig Safe Law

Significant changes were made to Washington’s “Dig Safe Law” in 2011 by the Legislature through the passage of E2SHB 1634.

28

Apr

2016

Public Works Trust Fund and Model Toxics Control Accounts face uncertain futures

What looked like a quiet year going into 2016 proved to be anything but when the final bell tolled on the session.

4

Apr

2016

Final budget lays out cuts to toxic cleanups and stormwater projects and assistance

One of the biggest challenges facing the legislature this year on the capital budget side was a significant drop in available revenues in the Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA).

14

Mar

2016

Final blow to Public Works Trust Fund imminent without your voice

This is your last chance to tell legislators that cities need the state's partnership to fund local infrastructure and the critical Public Works Trust Fund.

11

Mar

2016

REET flexibility fix heads to the Governor

The House concurred last Tuesday on HB 2971, Rep. Joan McBride’s (D-Kirkland) bill to address inadvertent consequences of the larger Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) flexibility bill from last year.

29

Feb

2016

Majority of Senate votes to restore PWTF cut, but amendment still fails

In a bit of a surprise, a majority of the Senate voted to restore the latest $10 million sweep of the Public Works Trust Fund that was proposed in the Senate budget.

26

Feb

2016

House and Senate capital budgets address MTCA shortfall differently

House Democrats and Senate Republicans both released their proposed supplemental capital budgets on February 24.

12

Feb

2016

Huge decline in MTCA revenues means stormwater assistance and toxic cleanup projects in danger

The fiscal crisis facing the Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA) came into sharper relief this week with the release of a new revenue forecast on February 17.

5

Feb

2016

Bill cuts stormwater assistance funds for cities

AWC testified in opposition to SB 6570 from Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), but thanked the sponsor and committee chair for his efforts to find a resolution to the major revenue shortfall in the toxic cleanup and prevention accounts known as MTCA.
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