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

12

Feb

2016

Gradually restoring local liquor revenue

As the deadline for bills to move from committee passed, AWC’s priority bills to gradually restore local liquor revenue, HB 2438 and SB 6425, remain in the fiscal committees of their respective chambers.

12

Feb

2016

Update on proposal to cap water and sewer utility taxes

In previous editions of the Legislative Bulletin, we wrote about SB 6115, a proposal to cap the city utility tax rate on water and sewer businesses at six percent.

5

Feb

2016

Proposal establishes task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

The House Finance Committee is expected to move HB 2959, establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend legislation and options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification.

5

Feb

2016

Possible fix for REET flexibility bill from last year

AWC has been working with realtors, counties and affordable housing advocates to try and reach agreement on addressing unintended consequences of the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) flexibility bill that was passed last year, EHB 2122.

29

Jan

2016

Cities show support for restoring local liquor revenue

This week AWC’s priority bills to gradually restore local liquor revenue, HB 2438/SB 6425, were each heard in committee.

29

Jan

2016

New proposal to reduce frequency of local sales tax changes

A new bill reducing the number of times per year a local sales tax may be changed, HB 2565, will be heard in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 2 at 3:30 pm.

22

Jan

2016

House and Senate committees to hear proposal to restore local liquor revenue

Last week we told you about AWC’s priority bill to gradually increase local liquor revenue, HB 2348/SB 6425, and House and Senate committees have each scheduled to hear their respective versions.

22

Jan

2016

Cities express opposition to utility tax caps

Thank you to the city officials who have contacted legislators expressing opposition to SB 6115, a proposal to cap the city utility tax rate on water and sewer businesses at six percent unless voter approved.

22

Jan

2016

Proposal to examine state and local regulations that affect small businesses

On Thursday, January 21, the Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee approved a proposal to establish a task force to examine state and local regulations that affect small businesses.

15

Jan

2016

House committee to consider funding of fire districts and fire authorities

The House Local Government Committee is scheduled to hear two proposals addressing the funding of regional fire authorities and fire districts on Tuesday, January 19 at 10 am.

15

Jan

2016

Proposal caps water and sewer utility taxes

On Monday, January 18, the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee will consider SB 6115, a proposal to cap the city utility tax rate on water and sewer businesses at six percent

15

Jan

2016

City priority liquor revenue bill introduced

One of AWC’s major priorities is to restore the historic liquor profit sharing formula that was eliminated by the Legislature following liquor privatization.

8

Jan

2016

New guidance requires all cities with lodging tax expenditures to report by March 15

When legislation passed in 2013 that requires cities with lodging tax expenditures to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC), some cities received guidance that they were not required to complete the annual reporting because they did not have to use the application process specified in the bill.

8

Jan

2016

Legislators consider business climate in Washington

During the opening week of the 2016 legislative session, the House Finance and Senate Trade & Economic Development committees have scheduled time to discuss the regulatory climate for businesses in Washington.

18

Dec

2015

Governor releases supplemental state budget proposals

It seems like the state just passed its operating budget because 2015 was the longest legislative session in state history.
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