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

31

May

2013

Public Works Trust Fund: Still in danger

As state budget negotiations continue, the fate of the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) remains uncertain.

24

May

2013

Transportation and infrastructure bills that passed

Here’s a brief overview of transportation and infrastructure related bills that passed during the regular session that are of significant interest to cities, and/or will require cities to take action.

12

Apr

2013

State budget balanced in part by slashing a quarter of a billion dollars in city revenues

In response to a legislative agreement forged to adopt a state operating budget, the following press release was issued today from newly-elected AWC President Craig George, Mayor of Dayton, and Immediate Past President Don Gerend, Councilman from Samammish.

5

Apr

2013

Senate proposes dramatic and permanent diversions from Public Works Trust Fund

SB 5895, creating the new Education Legacy Trust Account (ELTA) permanently redirects 67% of the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET), 100% of the Public Utility Tax, and 100% of the Solid Waste Tax revenues that were formerly directed to the Public Works Trust Fund.

4

Apr

2013

Senate releases proposed operating budget

Please contact your Senators (via email or phone) in the next 24 hours and ask them to oppose further cuts to liquor revenue and to protect the Public Works Trust Fund.

22

Mar

2013

Fire hydrants bill passes House committee unanimously

The AWC priority bill re-establishing authority to recover the costs of fire hydrant systems through utility rates continues to move forward.

15

Mar

2013

SEPA and utility latecomer fee bill moves to Senate

HB 1717 was amended on the floor and passed out of the House on March 8. AWC has been working with interested cities and other stakeholders to refine the utility latecomer provisions of this bill.

15

Mar

2013

Clarifying authority for fire hydrant cost recovery

Both House and Senate versions of this bill have passed (HB 1512/SB 5606).

8

Mar

2013

Alternative public works contracting reauthorization

SB 5349 reauthorizes three alternative public works contracting procedures that are scheduled to expire on June 30, 2013.

8

Mar

2013

Public Works Board policy bill

HB 1484, originally introduced at the request of the Public Works Board, was amended and passed out of the House Capital Budget Committee.

8

Mar

2013

Community economic revitalization bill keeps moving

HB 1648, which would create a new loan program under the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), moved out of the House Rules Committee on March 7 and could be brought to the floor of the House for a vote at any time.

22

Feb

2013

SEPA and utility latecomer fees

HB 1717 is expected to come out of committee on February 22, ahead of the cutoff.

12

Feb

2013

Time for you to talk about these critical priorities

City officials met in Olympia this week to talk to their legislators about legislation, both good and bad, that impacts their communities.

8

Feb

2013

Utility latecomer fees added to upfront SEPA proposal

The business community has asked us to consider some additional changes to HB 1104 which will allow cities to use latecomer fees to recover the cost of upfront environmental review for a planned action or infill areas within a city.

8

Feb

2013

Prevailing wage day in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee

On February 13 at 1:30 pm, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee will hear several prevailing wage bills.

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