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

6

Jan

2017

Water bills begin to surface

Recent Supreme Court decisions have thrown our state’s water management system into disarray.

6

Jan

2017

School siting conversation begins anew

Despite coming close to agreement at the end of the last legislative session, school districts promoting expanded opportunities to cite schools outside of urban growth areas have introduced a bill (HB 1017) which takes a whole new approach.

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

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).

30

Sep

2016

House Local Government Committee hears about Growth Management Act

Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo) convened the House Local Government Committee on September 20 to hear from interested parties about the pros and cons of the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA).

22

Jul

2016

Ecology releases preliminary draft of changes to shoreline rules

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is in the process of amending several rules related to the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), which establishes a cooperative program of shoreline management between local governments and the state.

28

Apr

2016

Changes to GMA fail. School siting, vesting and eminent domain may return in 2017

It was a busy session in the land use arena. But it was also a year that fit the old adage “don’t mistake activity for progress.”

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).

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.

19

Feb

2016

Cutoff time allows us to narrow our focus

A magical time in the life of your AWC lobbyists is when the Legislature's deadlines cut down on the number of bills that must be tracked on a daily basis.

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.

12

Feb

2016

One school siting bill still alive

Bills to authorize and mandate the ability to site schools outside of urban growth areas have all died in the House, but one proposal still lingers in the Senate.

12

Feb

2016

GMA unfunded mandate still in Senate Rules

SB 6420 extends an unfunded GMA mandate that currently applies only in the six most populous counties to all GMA planning cities.

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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