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

3

Jul

2013

2013 Legislative Sessions wrap just in time to start work for 2014

If it seems like the Fourth of July is upon us and we just finished the 2013 session, that’s because we did.

28

Jun

2013

State balances budget in part by slashing close to a quarter of a billion dollars for cities

The Association of Washington Cities is extremely disappointed to learn that state budget negotiators have apparently decided to slash close to one quarter of a billion dollars in key infrastructure and public safety funds for cities.

21

Jun

2013

Prelude to wrapping up a deal and going home - finally

All signs point to legislators and the Governor agreeing on a state operating budget before July 1. 

14

Jun

2013

No budget yet, but maybe a glimmer of hope?

The 30-day special session clock ran out June 11 and legislators have begun their next special session during which they must adopt a state operating budget.

7

Jun

2013

Budget stalemate broken?

Earlier in the week, House Democrats unveiled a new operating budget they characterized as a compromise designed to finish their work and adjourn the Special Session on time – June 11.

31

May

2013

Wait, watch, listen and speak: special session issues still need city input

After two weeks of mostly behind-closed-doors meetings among leadership and administration officials, there are few signs of agreement on a state operating budget or transportation revenue package.

24

May

2013

Governor acts on bills, while the special session sputters on

Governor Inslee had until May 21 to sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session.

17

May

2013

All quiet on the Olympia front

The 30-day legislative Special Session convened on Monday, May 13.

10

May

2013

Special session convenes May 13

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to connect with your legislators while they've been home these past two weeks.

3

May

2013

A word with legislators while they’re home

The 105-day legislative session sputtered to a close on April 28 and the Governor quickly announced he was calling legislators back for a 30-day special session beginning Monday, May 13.

26

Apr

2013

Legislative overtime imminent

Sunday, April 28, is the last day of this legislative session, and we doubt there will be any agreement on the biennial budget that is due to fund state expenditures beginning on July 1.

19

Apr

2013

Final policy bill cutoff passes – Where do cities stand?

Following an important cut-off date on Wednesday for policy bills to clear the opposite chamber, legislators are now more focused on resolving budget issues and coming to agreement on differences in the bills each chamber has passed.

12

Apr

2013

The cards have finally been dealt

Both the public and behind-the-scenes debates and negotiations over the state’s fiscal year 2013-2015 budget have begun in earnest.

5

Apr

2013

AWC priority updates as April 28 adjournment deadline nears

Coming into the legislative session, we knew the focus would be on state budget issues and how to reconcile the competing views of different philosophical factions in the House and Senate and those of a new Governor.

29

Mar

2013

Legislature has less than a month to act

The 105-day session is scheduled to end on April 28. Policy bills are still being worked on and worked out – you will find information on the major ones still in play under each issue area in this Bulletin

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