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

18

Nov

2014

Save the Date! Mayors Exchange

Mayors from across the state will converge in Olympia at the end of the first week of the 2015 legislative session.

18

Nov

2014

Cities Suggest Changes to the Public Records Act, Sunshine Committee Agrees

During its October 28, 2014, meeting the Washington State Sunshine Committee considered two changes to the Public Records Act (PRA).

17

Oct

2014

Concerns Remain Around Voting Rights Act

As noted in our last bulletin, conversations continue around voting rights in Washington after the federal court ruled the City of Yakima’s system for electing councilmembers violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

17

Oct

2014

Please Respond to Fuel Usage Survey to Inform Rulemaking on Alternative Fuel Requirements

The Washington State Legislature directed the Department of Commerce to develop rules regarding the use of alternative fuels – including electricity, biofuels, natural gas, and propane – for local government vehicles, vessels and construction equipment (see RCW 43.19.648).

17

Oct

2014

National Disaster Resilience Competition – Your City May be Eligible

On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

14

Oct

2014

In Case you Missed It: Landing Your Dream Job in Local Government

AWC teamed-up with the Emerging Local Government Leaders at the end of September to provide a webinar geared toward emerging local government leaders who are looking to land their dream job.

19

Sep

2014

Stakeholders Continue to Discuss Voting Rights in Washington State

Shortly after a federal court ruled that the City of Yakima’s system for electing councilmembers violates the federal Voting Rights Act, a state legislator convened stakeholders to discuss an evolving legislative proposal for a Washington Voting Rights Act.

8

Jul

2014

Courts Rule on Disclosure of Police Dashboard Cameras, Searches of Personal Computers

Last month, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that police dashboard camera video may only be withheld from public disclosure in limited circumstances.

7

Jul

2014

New Open Government Laws in Effect

Two new open government requirements recently took effect for cities and other local governments.

2

Jun

2014

PDC Election Campaign Guidelines

Since campaign season is right around the corner, don’t forget to take some time to review everyone’s roles and responsibilities.

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.

21

Mar

2014

Tribal property tax exemption passes

The bill establishing a property tax exemption for all tribally owned property used for economic development passed both chambers and awaits the Governor’s signature. 

19

Mar

2014

State Auditor offers open government training

The Washington State Auditor’s Office Local Government Performance Center has partnered with the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington to develop tools and resources that will provide practical assistance and a guide to best practices.

7

Mar

2014

New requirements for posting meeting agendas online

The bill requiring cities to post agendas of regular city council meetings on the web, HB 2105, passed both chambers and is headed to the Governor for signature.

21

Feb

2014

AWC expresses concern about Washington Voting Rights Act proposal

On Thursday, the Senate Governmental Operations Committee heard HB 1413, the Washington Voting Rights Act, and AWC expressed concerns with the proposal on behalf of cities and other local governments.
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