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

29

Jan

2016

Affordable housing bills face challenges

The deadline is looming for AWC’s priority bills aimed at preserving and incentivizing affordable housing.

22

Jan

2016

Proposal for new unfunded Growth Management Act mandate emerges

A new proposal, SB 6420, adds substantial new requirements for buildable lands reports and expands this unfunded mandate to the entire state.

22

Jan

2016

Promoting railroads through GMA

Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver) and Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) have introduced companion bills SB 6334/HB 2468 that would promote “freight rail dependent uses” in the Growth Management Act (GMA).

22

Jan

2016

Expanding the transit-oriented SEPA authority

Former AWC Board Member Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) introduced HB 2763 to extend the sunset of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) provisions that allow for a protection from appeal for projects near transit hubs that are consistent with certain planned actions.

22

Jan

2016

Watershed improvement districts

HB 2616 provides that GMA planning cities must allow watershed improvement districts to “perform watershed management actions.”

15

Jan

2016

New water efficiency requirements for toilets and sinks

HB 2430 would direct the State Building Code Council to adopt new water efficiency standards for toilets, urinals and sinks

15

Jan

2016

Multiple affordable housing bills have hearings this week

As the second week of the session begins, a variety of proposals for local option tools to promote affordable housing are being heard in committees.

8

Jan

2016

Toxic cleanup accounts facing shortfall

Cities that have been following the trials and tribulations of the Model Toxics Control Accounts (MTCA) will be interested in reading this article in the Tacoma News Tribune.

8

Jan

2016

Rulemaking on Coordinated Prevention Grants

The Department of Ecology has opened a rulemaking on the Coordinated Prevention Grant program, which funds grants and other support for solid waste handling and enforcement.

17

Dec

2015

School Siting Task Force wraps up

As we noted in a previous Bulletin article, last year’s capital budget directed the creation of a legislative task force to look at the siting challenges facing school districts in the state, particularly those that feel they have a difficult time securing usable land within the urban growth areas of their community.

15

Dec

2015

Deadline reminder: Send any property disclosure requirements to MRSC

During the 2015 session the legislature passed EHB 2122 which relates primarily to Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) authority, but the bill also contains new requirements that apply to cities (or counties) that have in place, or are contemplating enacting, regulations that require certain disclosures by landlords and sellers of real property to buyers and tenants regarding the property and the surrounding area.

2

Dec

2015

Top five advocacy achievements for cities in 2015

The 2015 legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership.

13

Nov

2015

EPA extends comment deadline on proposed water quality rule for Washington

As we reported in the previous Bulletin, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed a draft water quality rule for our state because of delays in adoption of such a rule by our own Department of Ecology

4

Nov

2015

Building Code Council clarifies city authority over plumbing codes

State Building Code Council Chair Dave Kokot released a memo in September.

16

Oct

2015

Legislative School Siting Task Force meets for first time

Last year’s capital budget directed the creation of a legislative task force to look at the siting challenges facing school districts in the state, particularly those that feel they have a difficult time securing usable land within the urban growth areas of their community.
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