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

19

Jun

2017

Agreement reached on new statewide Paid Family and Disability Leave program

The Legislature introduced dueling bills early in the 2017 session to create a funded paid family and disability leave program.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Jun

2017

Legislators know it’s time to finish and go home

Second special session concludes on June 21 after 165 days, and there’s still no action on operating or capital budgets.

16

Jun

2017

Priority property tax bill

AWC priority bill HB 1764 is another option in end-of-session budget negotiations.

16

Jun

2017

New water bill creates unfunded mandates and legal risks for cities

AWC is working this session to resolve the challenges created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as Hirst and Foster.

16

Jun

2017

Disposition of housing and homelessness issues continues to be unclear

Once again, the status of conversations about whether the Legislature will pass any of the housing and homelessness bills remains uncertain.

16

Jun

2017

Still waiting on Public Works Trust Fund fate

Conversations have slowly continued between the House and Senate on how to finalize the approach on the Public Works Trust Fund.

16

Jun

2017

AWC expresses concerns with new MTCA bill

The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on SB 5943 on June 14.

16

Jun

2017

Cities support marketplace fairness and graduated REET in revenue proposals

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

16

Jun

2017

More examples of impacts if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30

The state has been communicating about its contingency plan for what would happen if a budget is not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1, which has never occurred before in our state.

16

Jun

2017

Governor signs law to help providers and local governments confront opioid crisis

Gov. Inslee signed HB 1427, sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody (D-West Seattle) that enacts several recommendations made by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force.

16

Jun

2017

AWC cosponsored conference focused on ending homelessness

AWC was a cosponsor for the Low Income Housing Alliance’s “Conference on Ending Homelessness.”

16

Jun

2017

Federal drone registration rules struck down by appeals court

A U.S. Court of Appeals recently struck down the 2015 regulation requiring drone operators to register with the FAA.

16

Jun

2017

New DRS pension rates to go into effect on July 1 for PERS, PSERS and LEOFF

The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) recently provided notice of pending contribution rate changes for the LEOFF, PERS, PSERS and the WSPRS pension systems.
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Categories: Personnel

16

Jun

2017

New public records bills effective July 23, implementation work just beginning

The effective date of AWC’s two priority public records is July 23, 2017.

8

Jun

2017

Now is a critical time to weigh in to protect infrastructure funding and other vital city priorities

Legislators still have not come to agreement on operating and capital budgets, nor have they addressed key outstanding policy issues that are important to cities and towns.
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