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23

Feb

2015

Hundreds of city officials hit Olympia to hear if shared revenues are safe

Last week, city officials converged upon Olympia from all 49 legislative districts to learn whether or not leaders have a plan to balance the state’s budget without again dipping in to liquor funds and the Public Works Assistance Account, which help cities address public safety and infrastructure demands.

23

Feb

2015

Cutoff in the land use and environmental portfolio

The first policy cutoff is always a bittersweet time of year for those of us on the ground in Olympia.

23

Feb

2015

Senate transportation package passes out of committee

The Senate Transportation Committee passed out a transportation package Thursday, February 19.

23

Feb

2015

Oil train bills continue to move

Two bills regarding oil transport are continuing to move through the process.

23

Feb

2015

Many personnel bills survive first legislative cutoff

With last Friday’s cutoff for policy bills to move from committee, most of the personnel bills AWC has been tracking remain alive.
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Categories: Personnel

23

Feb

2015

Establishing an appeals process for state audits

This morning, the House General Government & Information Technology Committee heard HB 2148, allowing for audits to be conducted by a private entity and establishing an appeal process.

23

Feb

2015

State audits of local government data storage and management

HB 1008 authorizes audits of state and local government data storage and management practices.

23

Feb

2015

Other budget & finance bills – where are they now?

Today marks the start of the 7th week of session, and last Friday was the deadline for bills to move from policy committees.

23

Feb

2015

Voting Rights Act gets amended, making its way through Legislature

HB 1745 and SB 5668, bills establishing a Washington State Voting Rights Act (VRA), both saw executive action taken last week and are making their way through the Legislature.

23

Feb

2015

Marijuana legalization – did we get it wrong?

Washington and Colorado both legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.
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Categories: Marijuana

23

Feb

2015

Priority marijuana proposals advance in the Senate

There was good progress in the Senate last week on two of AWC’s priorities related to marijuana policy.
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Categories: Marijuana

23

Feb

2015

Proposal would require cities to pay for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy

A Senate proposal, SB 5955, up for hearing on Tuesday in the Senate Ways & Means Committee, would require cities to pay the full cost of sending an officer to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA).

23

Feb

2015

Post cutoff public records roundup

As reported in previous Bulletin articles, AWC is tracking several public records bills this session.

23

Feb

2015

Body camera legislation updates

As noted in previous Bulletin articles, there are three body camera bills AWC is tracking this legislative session.

23

Feb

2015

Bills would restrict cities’ ability to regulate fireworks

Two bills that would restrict city and counties’ abilities to regulate fireworks are making their way through the legislature.
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