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

5

Feb

2016

FEMA approves public assistance for December wind and rain storms

On February 3 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Washington to areas affected by the severe winter storms that took place December 1-14, 2015.

5

Feb

2016

Cities support relicensing substitute bill in Senate

SB 6360/HB 2659, Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), would create a statewide relicensing program for drivers whose licenses have been suspended for delinquent fines.

29

Jan

2016

Requiring local police departments to reimburse training costs when hiring newly-trained state troopers

Due to concerns about turnover in the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the Legislature requested an analysis of WSP recruitment and retention practices.

29

Jan

2016

Proposal to expand presumptive occupational disease

On Monday, February 1 at 1:30 pm, the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee will hear a proposal, HB 2806, that would expand presumptive occupational disease for firefighters in several ways.

29

Jan

2016

Bill on public defense grant funding heard

Thanks to Kelso City Manager Steve Taylor for joining AWC and counties staff in testifying in favor of HB 2764.

29

Jan

2016

Criminal Justice Training Commission asking for additional revenue for hiring surge

The Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) is experiencing an unprecedented surge in the hiring of peace and corrections officers and cannot keep pace with the increase.

29

Jan

2016

Bill requires mandatory reporting of firefighter hazardous exposures

In 2015 the Legislature passed HB 1604, creating a workgroup to discuss establishing definitions, policies and procedures for mandatory reporting of hazardous exposures suffered by firefighters in the course of employment.

29

Jan

2016

Public hearing scheduled for important bill addressing incarcerated populations on Medicaid

SB 6430/HB 2850, Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-Wenatchee) and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-Capitol Hill), comes out of recommendations of the Adult Behavioral Health Task Force.

29

Jan

2016

Fireworks bill moves out of committee

HB 2348, providing local governments with flexibility regarding local fireworks ordinances, successfully moved out of the House Local Government Committee on Wednesday, January 27.

22

Jan

2016

Legislation creates task force on local jail standards

HB 2558 establishes a task force on jail standards.

22

Jan

2016

Prohibiting consideration of traffic tickets issued during law enforcement officer performance reviews

On Monday, January 25, at 1:30 pm the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee will hear HB 2399.

22

Jan

2016

Bill looks to develop a unified payment plan system for traffic-based fines

HB 2659/SB 6360, Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place), would create a statewide relicensing program to enable drivers whose licenses have been suspended for delinquent fines to consolidate their fines into a simple and affordable payment plan.

15

Jan

2016

House committee to consider funding of fire districts and fire authorities

The House Local Government Committee is scheduled to hear two proposals addressing the funding of regional fire authorities and fire districts on Tuesday, January 19 at 10 am.

15

Jan

2016

Giving fire department employees rights to volunteer or obtain part-time employment

SB 6250 would give fire department employees the right to volunteer or obtain employment with other fire departments.

15

Jan

2016

Urge legislators to move bill authorizing cities to regulate and ban fireworks out of committee. Call and write committee members today

On Thursday, January 14 the House Local Government Committee heard HB 2348 sponsored by Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee) and Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac).
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