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

14

Feb

2014

Public records exemption for archaeological records passes House

HB 2724 would clear up a potential public records act liability that was making it difficult for some cities to access the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s databases.

7

Feb

2014

SEPA requirements for cultural resources

HB 2709 moved out of committee this week with a last minute amendment from the chair, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien).

7

Feb

2014

Status of bills as we reach the first cut-off

Today, February 7 is the deadline for policy bills (i.e. not budget/fiscal related) to pass out of committee.

31

Jan

2014

Septics in Urban Growth Areas

On January 27 the House Local Government committee passed an amended version of HB 2186 relating to on-site septic systems in urban growth areas.

31

Jan

2014

Cultural resources public records act exemptions

In the course of our discussions around SEPA streamlining in the last few years, there have been concerns about ensuring appropriate protection of cultural and archaeological resources.

31

Jan

2014

SEPA and cultural resources

HB 2709 would reinstitute the requirement to perform SEPA review for cultural resources and archaeology, on all project and non-project actions that were exempted by the recent SEPA rulemakings and HB 6406 from 2011.

24

Jan

2014

Sewers vs septics in UGAs

Rep. Takko (D-Longview) and Sen. Angel (R-Port Orchard) both have bills (HB 2186 and SB 5995) dealing with cities who exercise their authority to require homeowners with failing septic systems to hook onto public sewer systems.

24

Jan

2014

Mandatory deferral of impact fee payments

The impact fee deferral bill has reemerged onto the legislative scene this week with Rep. (now Senator) Liias (D-Edmonds) introducing a new version of the bill (HB 2498) aimed at addressing concerns expressed by Governor Inslee as he vetoed last year’s proposal.

24

Jan

2014

Homeless housing funding endangered

AWC testified in favor of a proposal (HB 2368) from Rep. Sawyer (D-Tacoma) that would remove the sunset on several critical fees that fund the state and local homeless assistance programs.

24

Jan

2014

School siting outside UGAs

HB 2499 from Rep. Wilcox (R-Yelm) has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 29 at 8am.

24

Jan

2014

New notification requirements for annexations

HB 2433 would require cities to send notification to “light and power businesses, and gas distribution businesses” in addition to the other agencies already specified in statute.

17

Jan

2014

Senate committee hears about potential costs for new water quality standards

The Senate Environment, Energy & Telecommunications committee held a work session on January 16 highlighting a study on fish consumption rules co-sponsored by AWC, AWB and WSAC.

17

Jan

2014

Preemption of requirements for minimum size of single family residences

HB 2168 preempts cities from adopting standards that require minimum room area or floor area square footage for single family residences except what is necessary for fire, life safety or environmental purposes.

17

Jan

2014

New property owner approval or vote requirements for annexations

HB 1854 would require a public vote approved by 60 percent of the voters or approval of property owners of at least 70 percent of the assessed value of the area to be annexed for all or the most commonly used methods of annexation.

10

Jan

2014

Requiring sewer hookups in UGAs

Some of you may recall a Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard) bill, HB 1052 from last year.
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