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

21

Feb

2014

Keep the pressure on, final push to share marijuana revenue

With just three short weeks left in the 2014 session, we must continue to push hard on the legislature to convince them to share marijuana revenue with cities.

21

Feb

2014

DUI legislation update

This year legislators again focused on impaired driving laws, hoping to reduce the number of fatalities in Washington

21

Feb

2014

Bill authorizes therapeutic courts

ESHB 2556 passed the House and now heads to the Senate for a public hearing February 26 at 6:30pm in the House Law & Justice Committee
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21

Feb

2014

Bill seeks to address recent violent trend in the nation called the knockout game.

SB 6011 addresses an unfortunate national trend commonly referred to as the knockout game.
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21

Feb

2014

Making changes to voter approval rates for fire benefit charges

The legislature recently reduced the voter approval threshold for emergency services levies from 60 percent to a majority approval.

21

Feb

2014

Legislation that sends more money back to jurisdictions to fight sex crimes against children scheduled in the House.

SSB 6017 introduced by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) is now in the House.
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21

Feb

2014

Bill addresses possession of a firearm in cases of domestic violence and other assaults.

HB 1840 addresses unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree for certain cases involving domestic violence.
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14

Feb

2014

EMS levy approval

Last week, we told you about HB 2428, changing the requirement that a county get approval from each city with a population greater than 50,000 before placing a countywide EMS levy on the ballot.

14

Feb

2014

Keep talking to your Senators about SB 5887 giving cities a share of marijuana revenue

Thank you to everyone who responded to the action alerts last week by contacting your legislators.

14

Feb

2014

SSB 6249 providing funding for new public defense caseload limits

SSB 6249 would provide additional funding options to help cities respond the State Supreme Court’s new mandate for public defense caseload limits.
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14

Feb

2014

Law and justice bills on drones, fire authority and 911 records survive the fiscal cut-off

Unmanned aircraft and extraordinary sensing devices, all commonly known as drones, have been the focus of quite a bit of attention by the legislature.
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14

Feb

2014

The following bills related to establishing regional fire protection authorities and first responders dealing with life-alert systems

HB 1654 and SB 5520 establish a regional fire protection authority option for cities.
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7

Feb

2014

Cities need to take action to keep marijuana revenue bills moving

Today AWC sent out action alerts to all of our cities asking you to contact your legislators.

7

Feb

2014

Update on bills that would provide funding for new public defense caseload limits

HB 2497 and its companion SB 6249 would establish various fee increases that would be returned to local governments to help offset the cost of public defense.
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7

Feb

2014

Dog breed-specific ordinance bill not likely to move from committee

In an earlier article we discussed HB 2117 which would prohibit jurisdictions from referencing a specific breed of dog when crafting an ordinance.
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