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

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Feb

2017

Working to bring Federal infrastructure investments to Washington

The Trump Administration is following through on campaign promises to construct a new initiative to address the well-recognized need for a significant new federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

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Feb

2017

With MTCA facing shortfalls a surcharge is being considered again

The Model Toxics Control Accounts (MTCA) remain in desperate financial situation with the capital side of the ledger starting this session $75 million in the negative.

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Feb

2017

Bills would require prime contractors to bond the subcontractors’ portion of retainage

The companion bills HB 1538/SB 5222, would require a prime contractor to provide a bond for the subcontractors’ portion of retainage if requested.

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Feb

2017

Lots of opposition to bill aimed at claims process in construction contracts

On Wednesday, February 1, AWC testified in opposition to HB 1574. Introduced by Reps. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie) and Christine Kilduff (D-University Place), HB 1574 essentially overturns a 2002 State Supreme Court case (Mike M. Johnson, Inc. v. The County of Spokane).

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Jan

2017

Several septic and sewer related bills emerge

If you have concerns or comments with any of these bills please send them to Carl Schroeder.

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Jan

2017

Bill would affect claims on construction contracts

HB 1574, introduced by Reps. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie) and Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) would essentially overturn a 2002 State Supreme Court case (Mike M. Johnson, Inc. v. The County of Spokane).

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Jan

2017

Bill would require cities to pay relocation assistance when property is acquired for public purpose

SB 5049, sponsored by Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), would hinder cities’ ability to opt out of offering relocation assistance to a property owner in certain instances when their property is acquired for a public purpose.

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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”).

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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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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.

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Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.
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