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

16

Oct

2015

Inslee provides clarity on his new direction on fish consumption water quality rule

The seemingly never-ending saga of the state’s adoption of human health-based water quality standards, commonly known as the fish consumption rule, took another turn on October 8.

26

Aug

2015

Sound choices/connections: Protecting Puget Sound through local government decisions

County and city elected officials and staff from the Puget Sound region gathered in SeaTac on May 29, 2015, to share land use, stormwater and other approaches to protecting Puget Sound.

25

Aug

2015

Fish Barrier Removal Board seeking information on undersized culverts in salmon streams

The Fish Barrier Removal Board (FBRB) is seeking information on unfunded potential fish barrier projects that are important from the local perspective.

5

Aug

2015

AWC President Paul Roberts releases statement in response to Governor’s direction to the Department of Ecology on water quality

Governor Inslee announced Friday that he directed the Department of Ecology to provide him with a new set of options to address the water quality rules commonly referred to as the fish consumption rule.

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.

30

Jul

2015

Governor Inslee announces intention for regulatory action on carbon pollution

Yesterday the Governor asked the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop substantive rules to achieve emission reductions using existing authority.

12

Jun

2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8.

17

Apr

2015

Use of WSDOT stormwater payments to cities

With only minutes before the 5PM cutoff on April 15, and after several days of fits and starts, SB 5314, passed out of the House on a 93-6 vote.

17

Apr

2015

Impact fee deferral bill headed to the Governor

The impact fee deferral bill that cities have been fighting for many years looks poised to pass into law.

3

Apr

2015

Governor’s toxics bill moves but is in trouble

Despite passing from the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee, the Governor’s toxics reduction bill (HB 1472) that supplements the efforts on the fish consumption rule is in trouble.

3

Apr

2015

Vesting and eminent domain bills die

Proposals to restructure the state’s vesting laws (SB 5921) and to re-affirm and potentially confuse the state’s restriction on the use of eminent domain for private development both died at cutoff after they did not advance from the House Judiciary Committee.

3

Apr

2015

Impact fee negotiations continue

Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) and Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) have been convening multiple hours of negotiations on the impact fee deferral bill (SB 5923).

20

Mar

2015

Problematic eminent domain bill to get hearing in House committee

We have been updating you on the progress of SB 5363, regarding restating the constitutional prohibition on the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes.

20

Mar

2015

Vesting bill to be heard in House Judiciary Committee

The bill to reinstitute common law vesting, ESSB 5921, will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 25, at 8 am.

20

Mar

2015

Governor’s toxics reduction bill up in the Senate on Tuesday

Governor Inslee’s bill to address non-point pollution via stronger tools to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals will be heard in the Senate Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday, March 24, at 1:30 pm.
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