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

30

Jan

2015

Bill would require cities to allow electric vehicle charging stations in residential zones

SB 5446 would require cities along most of the state's major highways to allow electric vehicle chargers in residential and multifamily zones.

30

Jan

2015

Governor’s proposal on toxics reduction gets first hearing

HB 1472 contains Governor Inslee's toxic reduction proposal detailed here.

23

Jan

2015

New notice and review provisions for annexations proposed

Companion bills initiated by the state's Office of Financial Management (OFM), HB 1250 and SB 5138 are designed to save both the state and cities time and expense.

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.

23

Jan

2015

Eminent domain bills re-emerge

SB 5188 will be heard on January 26 and SB 5363 will be heard on January 27. Both seek to limit or clarify the use of eminent domain and prohibit its use for economic development purposes.

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.

16

Jan

2015

Removal of authority to set minimum room sizes for single family residences

HB 1123 may look familiar to some of you. It is a revised approach to an issue we dealt with last year, with the goal of promoting affordable housing by eliminating minimum size standards for single family residences.

16

Jan

2015

Are cities interested in a local option to send GMA challenges to superior court rather than the growth boards?

Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) has introduced HB 1158 which would authorize a city to adopt an ordinance providing for review of GMA related challenges by Superior Court rather than the Growth Management Hearings Boards.

16

Jan

2015

Subjecting water/sewer district assumptions to a referendum

SB 5048 is the latest salvo in a long running effort from water/sewer districts to weaken the authority of cities to assume their operations.

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.

9

Jan

2015

Changes to vesting law

The Association of Washington Business is circulating for comment a proposal to amend the state’s vesting laws to address what they believe is confusion generated by the Potala Village v Kirkland case that is currently awaiting potential review by the State Supreme Court.

17

Oct

2014

Governor’s Office Shares Toxics Reduction Proposal

A comprehensive non-point toxics reduction package is a major component of Governor Inslee’s proposed resolution to the multi-year fight over the new water quality rules.

17

Oct

2014

National Disaster Resilience Competition – Your City May be Eligible

On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

17

Oct

2014

Fish Passage Barrier Removal Board Continues to Meet

AWC’s efforts to build support for a coordinated plan to address local fish passage barriers continued this month.

14

Oct

2014

EPA Extends Comment Period on Waters of the U.S. Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 is seeking your input on the proposed changes to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act.
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