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

14

Nov

2013

Boeing deal includes funding for planned actions

One element of the “Boeing deal” that has not gotten as much attention as others is the provision of $2 million dollars to the Department of Commerce for grants to cities or counties for paying the cost of upfront environmental review in and around current and future large manufacturing sites for aerospace.

4

Oct

2013

GMA Comp Plan Conversation Starters

AWC is excited to release the first in a series of videos and discussion questions to help you jumpstart the process of updating your GMA comprehensive plan and development regulations.

22

Mar

2013

Mandatory deferral of impact fees to be heard in Senate committee

ESHB 1652, opposed by AWC and many school and fire protection advocates, has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Governmental Operations committee on March 28.

8

Mar

2013

Mandatory impact fee deferral bill passes out of the House, Senate yet to vote

Despite being strongly opposed by cities and school districts, HB 1652 passed out of the House on Wednesday evening on a 73 -24 vote.

1

Mar

2013

New version of annexation bill emerges, AWC still concerned

AWC opposed SB 5013 as it passed out of the Senate Committee and as it now sits on the Senate Calendar for possible passage

22

Feb

2013

Mandatory impact fee deferral

AWC remains strongly opposed to SB 5664 and HB 1652, which require cities to offer developers a mechanism to pay impact fees at the time of closing or 18 months after issuance of a building permit.

22

Feb

2013

Upending annexation statutes

As introduced and passed from the Senate Governmental Operations Committee, SB 5013 would alter every form of annexation to require approval by voters in the annexation area.

15

Feb

2013

Mandatory deferral of impact fees

This year’s version of the seemingly perennial impact fee deferral bill, HB 1652, was heard in the House Local Government committee on February 14.

12

Feb

2013

Time for you to talk about these critical priorities

City officials met in Olympia this week to talk to their legislators about legislation, both good and bad, that impacts their communities.

8

Feb

2013

Schools as essential public facilities?

SB 5314 declares public schools as essential public facilities under the Growth Management Act.

4

Feb

2013

SSB 5013 disrupts annexation methods in place for almost 70 years

Opposed by AWC, SSB 5013  moved out of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee and is in the Rules Committee where it could be moved to the Senate floor for a vote.

1

Feb

2013

GMA opt-out for counties with populations under 20,000

Rep. Kretz (R-Wauconda ) has introduced HB 1224, which would let counties opt out of fully planning under the Growth Management Act if the countywide population is under 20,000 and the county originally opted into planning under the GMA.

1

Feb

2013

Timing of penalties for GMA non-compliance

Pierce County is advocating for HB 1401 with the goal of clarifying when state agencies can penalize local jurisdictions found to be out of compliance with the Growth Management Act by the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) or the courts

18

Jan

2013

Requiring a vote of the people for all annexations

Sen. Benton (R-Vancouver) has introduced a bill that would require a public vote for all annexations (SB 5013). It will be heard in the Senate Government Operations Committee on January 22.

18

Jan

2013

Selection of sewer systems in urban areas

Rep. Angel (R-Port Orchard) has asked for our feedback on a proposal to expand authority for the selection of “appropriate sewer systems” in urban areas.
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