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

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.

1

Feb

2013

Capital Budget?

On January 21, AWC staff testified with concerns on HB 1089 – former Governor Gregoire’s Capital Budget proposal.

1

Feb

2013

Changing how the Public Works Board prioritizes projects

Sen. Carrell (R–Lakewood) has introduced a bill to encourage the “use of low-cost alternatives to traditional construction methods, including the use of pipe bursting technology for sewer, storm water, and water delivery infrastructure.”

1

Feb

2013

Alternative public works contracting reauthorization gets first hearing

Authorization for three alternative public works contracting procedures in state law (RCW 39.10) is scheduled to sunset on June 30, 2013.

25

Jan

2013

Seeking expertise and feedback on utility latecomer fees

As part of the discussions around the SEPA latecomer fees, the business community has also asked us to work with them to strengthen existing utility latecomer fee statutes. 

25

Jan

2013

Expansion of water-sewer district authority

Rep. Takko (D-Longview) has introduced a proposal (HB 1239) significantly expanding the authority of water-sewer districts. 

18

Jan

2013

Proposal for revitalization of abandoned or vacant properties

Rep. Appleton (D-Pouslbo) has introduced a proposal (HB 1079) authorizing the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to provide no-interest loans for financing the cost of public facilities.

14

Dec

2012

New AWC lobbyist hired

We are pleased to share that Alison Hellberg has accepted a position as AWC’s lead lobbyist on transportation, infrastructure, and economic development issues.

27

Nov

2012

Water Quality Permit Fee Regulations Webinar

The Department of Ecology is proposing some changes to the water quality permit fee regulations that will affect cities that operate wastewater treatment systems. 

9

Nov

2012

Update: Public Works Trust Fund remains at risk

This is an important update from our CityVoice article from two weeks ago.

9

Nov

2012

Design build and general contractor-construction manager, job order contracting legislation underway

The Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is continuing its work to fine-tune the design build (DB) and general contractor-construction manager (GC-CM) and job order contracting (JOC) legislation.

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