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

31

Jul

2015

Extended sessions bring to close several long-standing fights

In the environment and land use arena, this session brought several long-standing fights to conclusion.

31

Jul

2015

State budget wrap up

The long 2015 legislative session included efforts to retain state-shared revenues and provide new tools to local governments.

31

Jul

2015

Busy session on the law and justice front, many bills pass

During the 2015 session AWC tracked a wide variety of legal, criminal justice, and public safety legislation.

31

Jul

2015

Big session for marijuana reform

2015 was a huge session for marijuana legislation.

31

Jul

2015

Mixed bag for local governments in 2015

2015 was an interesting year for open government discussions, wherein the Legislature was often criticized for its own lack of transparency.

31

Jul

2015

About the 2015 Final Bulletin

As usual, this Bulletin is divided into issue areas (finance, transportation, law & justice, and so on).

21

Apr

2014

2014 session was short and disappointing for cities, 2015 challenges loom large

Legislators accomplished their goal of finishing on time with only slight modifications needed to the $33.5 billion biennial operating budget adopted last year.

21

Apr

2014

About the 2014 Final Bulletin

As usual, this Bulletin is divided into issue areas (finance, transportation, law & justice, and so on). Within each issue area you will find a session overview and a table of bills, which includes AWC priority bills and other bills of interest to cities.

18

Apr

2014

Legislature makes little progress on transportation revenue package, future uncertain

Over the past two sessions, cities have actively promoted a transportation revenue package with direct distribution for cities, local revenue options, enhanced funding for state grant programs, and funding for local projects and state projects that benefit local communities.

18

Apr

2014

2014 Legislature adopts bills promoting open government and transparency

The 2014 session was surprisingly significant for open government legislation, and two notable bills designed to increase transparency and understanding of open government laws passed.

18

Apr

2014

Divided politics mean few personnel bills pass this year

The partisan divisions between the House and the Senate were very apparent again this year in terms of personnel legislation that passed.

18

Apr

2014

Marijuana issues dominate the discussion but fail to pass

Marijuana-related proposals dominated the law and justice issues of the session.

18

Apr

2014

Bills related to homeless funding, fish passage barriers and archaeological resources pass

The 2014 session was in some ways dominated by attention to the coming showdown over education funding in 2015.

18

Apr

2014

No action on infrastructure

Several of AWC’s priorities this year related to one idea: resources and tools to finance local infrastructure.

18

Apr

2014

No changes to city business licensing and taxing this year

Since this was the second year of the biennium, legislative proposals from the 2013 session were eligible to be revived and advanced.
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