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

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.

31

Oct

2012

You CAN compete successfully for capital budget funding

Read on if you are a city interested in seeking capital budget funding. Although we speak in terms of “capital budget,” it is essentially two budgets in one.

23

Oct

2012

Infrastructure funding programs at risk

Although the election is two weeks away, state agencies have already submitted their budget requests to the Governor as part of the 2013-2015 biennial budget proposal.

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