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

6

Mar

2015

Water and sewer latecomer fee authority passes Senate

In a 38-10 vote the Senate passed SSB 5795 sponsored by Sen. Roach (R-Auburn) and promoted by AWC that provides cities the authority to independently undertake water and sewer investments and be the sole beneficiary of latecomer repayments.

13

Feb

2015

Status report coming into cutoff week

In the environmental and land use arenas it has been a busy five weeks of session.

6

Feb

2015

Revision of latecomer fees for water and sewer infrastructure

HB 1911, supported by AWC and a number of our member cities would provide a new tool for cities to finance water and sewer infrastructure.

6

Feb

2015

REET flexibility bill gets hearing

HB 1789, sponsored by Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), is being heard on Tuesday, February 10 at 10 am in the House Local Government Committee.

6

Feb

2015

Changes to Public Works Board membership and process proposed

The Public Works Board has introduced legislation regarding administration of the public works assistance account (HB 1959).

30

Jan

2015

Senate considering new local infrastructure financing tool

SB 5624 and the accompanying constitutional amendment in SJR 8204 provide an interesting framework to assist small to medium sized jurisdictions access the private debt (bond) market by providing state assistance to go through the process.

30

Jan

2015

House committee to consider a number of public contracting bills

On Friday, February 6 at 8 am, the House Capital Budget Committee will be holding a public hearing on a number of bills related to public contracting.

23

Jan

2015

Proposal for new tool for infrastructure investment

HB 1383 would allow cities to create an apportionment district and impose a special property tax within the district on the incremental property value increase within the district.

23

Jan

2015

Significant water infrastructure investment proposal gets first hearing – Monday January 26

AWC has been engaging for several months with a group of legislators and stakeholders who are pursuing a large water infrastructure investment package focused around water supply, flood control and stormwater.

16

Jan

2015

Septic-to-sewer conversions

On Thursday, AWC’s Carl Schroeder was joined by John Caulfield, City Manager of Lakewood, and Andy Haub Water, Resources Director for the City of Olympia, in testifying in opposition to HB 1102 and SB 5055.

9

Jan

2015

What happened to the Public Works Trust Fund in the Governor’s budget?

When Governor Inslee released his budget we noticed that it only allocated about$70 million for Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) construction loans, while the Public Works Board had recommended funding about $170 million in projects.

9

Jan

2015

Looking for feedback on bill related to use of apprentices for subsidized public works projects

HB 1038, sponsored by Rep. Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver), requires that for “subsidized public works projects” estimated to cost $5 million dollars or more, at least 15% of the labor hours must be performed by apprentices.

9

Jan

2015

Septic-to-sewer bill returns – feedback needed

AWC and several individual cities were heavily involved with a bill last year (HB 2186) that would have provided limitations on city authority to shift homeowners from septic to community sewer.

18

Nov

2014

The Ugly Truth: Infrastructure Investment Video

As part of Operation: Strong Cities, we have been asking cities and towns to enhance the way they interact with their communities and legislators.

17

Oct

2014

Infrastructure Funds at Risk Again, the Time to Act is Now

Although the election is still a few weeks away, state agencies are working on their budget requests to the Governor as part of the 2015-2017 biennial budget proposal.
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