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

27

Mar

2017

House proposed operating budget release today following last week’s passage of the Senate operating budget 25-24 – with good/bad news for cities

Here is a quick comparison of the key city impacts from the Senate budget passed on a partisan vote last week, and what is proposed in the House Democrats budget unveiled this afternoon, which is likely to be acted upon by Friday.

24

Mar

2017

State budget alert: Senate Majority Coalition Caucus proposed budget released today

Today, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released their proposed budget for 2017-19.

24

Mar

2017

Interruptive service credit bill could impact LEOFF 2 employers

Sen. Christine Rolfes’ (D-Bainbridge Island) bill, SB 5661, would make members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) eligible for interruptive military service credit without paying the employee contributions for certain service.
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Categories: Personnel

24

Mar

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distribution formula changed in Senate budget – Impacts 44 cities

In a proposal similar to one in last year’s budget proposal that was vetoed by the Governor, the Senate proposed budget changes the distribution formula for 2017-19 and the intent to change it for 2019-21 for the 44 cities and two fire districts that receive distributions for their pre-LEOFF firefighters’ pension fund and LEOFF 1 medical costs.

24

Mar

2017

Business license bills keep moving

EHB 2005 moved out of the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee last week with a few amendments that AWC generally supported.

24

Mar

2017

Tax exemption bills

HB 1894, which would reinstate tax preferences for certain high-technology research and development, is scheduled for hearing in the House Finance Committee on Thursday, March 30 at 8 am.

24

Mar

2017

Law enforcement academy gets funding increase in Senate’s proposed budget

The Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) received an increase of $3.4 million for 2017-19 in the Senate’s proposed budget.

24

Mar

2017

The Senate proposes large pension cost increases for employers of firefighters and police officers

Released last Wednesday, the Senate budget, SB 5048, proposed eliminating the long-standing state contribution to the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) pension system and requiring the employer to make up the difference.
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Categories: Personnel

24

Mar

2017

Multiple changes proposed to the state’s criminal justice system

SB 5904 proposes numerous changes to how the state’s criminal justice system functions.

24

Mar

2017

School siting conversation reaches the Senate

HB 1017 passed just before the cutoff for bills to move from the House.

24

Mar

2017

Spotlight on Sound Transit vehicle taxes leads to a slew of new bills

In light of recent headlines outlining how Sound Transit calculated the value of vehicles subject to a Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET) to pay for the Sound Transit 3 package (ST3), legislators have introduced a slew of bills to address the issue

24

Mar

2017

Senate releases transportation budget

On March 20, the Senate released their proposed transportation budget for the 2017-19 biennium.

17

Mar

2017

Senate budget impact on cities coming mid-week, so get ready!

We’re about to know how the Senate budget writers view longstanding partnerships with cities.

17

Mar

2017

New state revenue forecast positive

Last week, the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released its quarterly revenue forecast.

17

Mar

2017

Changes pushed on how courts handle informant testimony

SB 5038 would change how prosecutors handle testimony from informants during court proceedings. 
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