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

7

Mar

2014

Time is short as Sine Die approaches and there is lots of work still to do

Ever since legislators returned in early January, we’ve assumed they wouldn’t make big decisions.

28

Feb

2014

Budget tango – the dance that is impacting everything at the Capitol

The partners are dressed and ready for the impassioned finale to a session that so far has been devoid of much action.

21

Feb

2014

Opportunity knocks

There are less than three weeks left in session and the deadline has passed for bills to move from one chamber to the other.

14

Feb

2014

Might the February revenue forecast give city priorities a much needed nudge?

Cities are paying close attention to the state’s revenue forecast, updated every three months.

7

Feb

2014

Are the state and cities ready for a Seahawks parade crowd staying for more than a day?

People across the state and region marveled this week at the sun-drenched crowds swelling Seattle’s streets, celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl win.

31

Jan

2014

Cities swarm Olympia on Capitol Hill, Legislator connections need to continue

Many thanks to the over 300 city officials who just spent two days here in Olympia during AWC’s City Action Days.

24

Jan

2014

Legislators asked to remove barriers to strong cities – We need your help!

When discussing AWC’s revenue-focused 2014 Action Agenda, legislators’ reactions vary from strong support and sympathy to “you can’t be serious when we can’t even sufficiently fund the state’s needs.”

17

Jan

2014

Where does AWC’s Action Agenda fit among dueling legislative agendas?

As legislators returned this week to Olympia for the start of a new session, all 147 gathered in the House chamber to take in the Governor’s State of the State address.

10

Jan

2014

The 2014 Session: Hold steady and get ready for 2015 – what’s at stake for cities?

At a press briefing on January 9, Governor Inslee used the phrase “hold steady, get ready” to characterize his view that the upcoming legislative session is one during where not much is likely to happen.

12

Dec

2013

2014 Legislative session just a month away

The happiest of holidays to you! Amidst your holiday activities and year-end projects, a critical responsibility of city officials is to advocate for both AWC’s and your city priorities prior to and during the upcoming state legislative session.

14

Nov

2013

Legislators in and out of Olympia – back again November 21 and 22

When Governor Inslee called legislators back to Olympia for a Special Session starting November 7, he and several others hoped they would address both a package to secure a commitment from Boeing to assemble its 777x jetliner in Washington, as well as adopt a $10 billion+ transportation package.

6

Nov

2013

Governor calls Special Legislative Session

In an announcement surprising many, Governor Inslee called legislators back to Olympia starting tomorrow, November 7, for a special session lasting for no more than 30 days.

4

Oct

2013

2014 Legislative priorities aim to re-set the city/state partnership

AWC’s Board of Directors met September 13 and adopted a focused set of four priorities for the upcoming 2014 session.

3

Sep

2013

AWC retooling your priorities for 2014 legislative session

There’s a chance legislators will be back at the Capitol in late November to address new transportation revenue for state and local projects (see more here), but we know for certain they’ll be back in early January for what’s hoped to be a short 60-day session.

12

Jul

2013

Long and grueling session(s)

Same question remains that we asked at the end of 2012: Has the state-city partnership been altered permanently?

The answer to that question is – maybe. More on that later.

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