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

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.

8

Aug

2014

Briefing from EPA on the "Waters of the United States" Rulemaking

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee meeting on Protecting America’s Waters, will be held next Wednesday August 13 in Tacoma.

11

Jul

2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Approach on Major Water Quality Standards – the "Fish Consumption" Issue

Yesterday afternoon Governor Inslee announced a new approach on the contentious water quality standards update commonly referred to as the “fish consumption” rule.

7

Jul

2014

Cities Take Advantage of State Energy Efficiency Grants

AWC produced this video highlighting a series of Energy Efficiency grants from the State.

18

Apr

2014

Bills related to homeless funding, fish passage barriers and archaeological resources pass

The 2014 session was in some ways dominated by attention to the coming showdown over education funding in 2015.

16

Apr

2014

Governors announcement on new water quality standards expected soon

The water quality standards update commonly referred to as the "fish consumption rule" that AWC has been covering over the last few years (see for example here, here and here) is rapidly approaching its next phase.

21

Mar

2014

Homeless funding bill rises from the ashes

At times the chances for the bill extending the primary funding source for local homeless services looked very bleak indeed.

21

Mar

2014

Fish passage barrier bill squeaks through at the last minute

In the last three days of session, we saw passage of HB 2251 sponsored by Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm). 

21

Mar

2014

Cultural and historic resources bill crosses the finish line

SB 2724 passed in the final days of the session. It creates a new public records exemption relating to archaeological and cultural resources information that cities receive from tribes or state agencies.

7

Mar

2014

Amended wireless facilities permitting bill passes Senate

As we noted in a previous article SHB 2175 has had a strange history in that it was originally introduced in the House with substantially different content and then after the public hearing it was amended in committee to address permitting issues that are contained in the current version of the bill.

28

Feb

2014

Bill extending document recording fee for homeless funding fails to pass out of Senate Committee

Regrettably HB 2368 the document recording fee for homeless funding was not brought forward for advancement in the Senate Financial Institutions and Housing Committee Thursday evening.

28

Feb

2014

Bill proposing new requirements for permitting of some wireless facilities advances

In summary, SHB 2175 encourages local governments to streamline permitting of wireless telecommunication facilities by consolidating permits for multiple facilities, and for “small cell networks” it mandates that local governments allow providers of small cell networks to file a consolidated application and receive a single permit for the network instead of filing separate applications for each individual small cell facility.

21

Feb

2014

Status of bills as we reach another cutoff

February 18 was the cutoff for bills to pass out of their house of origin (i.e. House bills out of the House and Senate bills out of the Senate) and it was a busy day in both Houses.
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