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

31

Mar

2017

House rolls out their transportation budget

On March 27, the House Transportation Committee released its 2017-2019 transportation budget.

31

Mar

2017

Liquor and Cannabis Board requests comment on agency compliance with local zoning rules

The LCB has requested comment on a petition by Kittitas County requesting a declaratory ruling on the issue of if the LCB must comply with local zoning requirements and only issue marijuana licenses when the application and location are congruent with local zoning.
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Categories: Marijuana

31

Mar

2017

House revenue proposal scheduled for hearing

In the House Democrats’ 2017-19 state operating budget proposal released on March 27, the $44.6 billion proposal relies on approximately $1.5 billion in new revenue to help address the McCleary funding decision and fund other program needs.

31

Mar

2017

Senate passes very good capital budget for cities

After several years of challenging capital budgets, we are encouraged by the capital budget that passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday March 30.

31

Mar

2017

Increased BLEA funding provided in the House budget

The House proposed budget includes vital increased funding for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

31

Mar

2017

House passes their operating budget - Negotiations with Senate will begin

The House budget was released and passed on a partisan vote last week. Negotiations will now begin between the House and Senate to reconcile differences in their approaches.

31

Mar

2017

House budget provides funds for paid family leave policy

The House budget proposal funds $82 million in start-up costs for the Family and Medical Leave Insurance policy (HB 1116).
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Categories: Personnel

31

Mar

2017

Calculate the impact of Senate’s proposed LEOFF 2 contribution rates

The Senate’s budget proposal cuts the state’s contribution to the LEOFF 2 pension system for cities, counties, and other employers.
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Categories: Personnel

31

Mar

2017

Property tax and flexibility bills move out of committee

AWC priority bill HB 1764, would change the annual property tax limit from one percent to a limit linked to inflation and population growth.

31

Mar

2017

Business license bills amended

EHB 2005 moved out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee last week with another amendment to change the timeline to phase in cities partnering with the business licensing system from 10 years to five years, if funding is appropriated.

31

Mar

2017

Sixty percent reduction in shared marijuana mitigation revenue in House budget

The House budget proposal included a reduction in the marijuana excise tax distributions to local governments.
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Categories: Marijuana

29

Mar

2017

Decision time in Olympia, voice your views on critical issues

The countdown clock to adjournment is ticking and city voices can truly make a difference on the key policy and fiscal issues still under consideration.

27

Mar

2017

House proposed operating budget release today following last week’s passage of the Senate operating budget 25-24 – with good/bad news for cities

Here is a quick comparison of the key city impacts from the Senate budget passed on a partisan vote last week, and what is proposed in the House Democrats budget unveiled this afternoon, which is likely to be acted upon by Friday.

24

Mar

2017

State budget alert: Senate Majority Coalition Caucus proposed budget released today

Today, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released their proposed budget for 2017-19.

24

Mar

2017

Interruptive service credit bill could impact LEOFF 2 employers

Sen. Christine Rolfes’ (D-Bainbridge Island) bill, SB 5661, would make members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) eligible for interruptive military service credit without paying the employee contributions for certain service.
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Categories: Personnel

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