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30

Jul

2015

Governor Inslee announces intention for regulatory action on carbon pollution

Yesterday the Governor asked the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop substantive rules to achieve emission reductions using existing authority.

22

Jul

2015

Your action needed now on e-fairness

The need for federal legislation requiring remote sellers to collect sales tax has never been greater as the competitive disparity between large online retailers and our local stores continues to grow.
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Categories: Federal

10

Jul

2015

Long legislative session comes to an end

Two-year operating and capital budgets were passed and signed by the Governor on June 30.

1

Jul

2015

Long legislative session almost comes to an end

The state's new fiscal year starts today. Two-year operating and capital budgets were passed and signed by the Governor yesterday just before midnight.

29

Jun

2015

Legislature releases negotiated transportation package

Today at noon the Senate released the negotiated transportation package that is expected to pass out of the legislature by tomorrow.

24

Jun

2015

Ask the Legislature to pass a budget that works for cities

The last time the Legislature came to the brink of government shut down, in 2013, they swept hundreds of millions of shared revenues from cities.
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Categories: Take Action

22

Jun

2015

Make or break week for state budget and city priorities

Today marks 160 days of what was supposed to be a 105-day session.

19

Jun

2015

Transportation negotiations stalled

Representative Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), Chair of the House Transportation Committee, has been widely quoted in the media that House leadership has temporarily suspended transportation negotiations.

19

Jun

2015

New proposal in response to Supreme Court decision on anti-SLAPP law

In 2010, the Legislature adopted a statute to provide an expedited special motion in cases aimed at penalizing parties from bringing strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP), defined as lawsuits seeking to chill a valid exercise of free speech or public participation (anti-SLAPP legislation).

19

Jun

2015

Senate hears bill on cost recovery for court ordered pre-trial supervision

The Senate Law & Justice Committee heard and took action on SB 6134 on June 17 and 18. SB 6134, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley), addresses the ability to recover costs in excess of $150 for pre-trial supervision costs.

17

Jun

2015

Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NWHIDTA) currently working on the Marijuana Impact Report for Washington State

NWHIDTA is a project under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which covers 14 counties designated as Washington State’s main drug trafficking gateways.
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Categories: Marijuana

15

Jun

2015

Legislature in overtime and no immediate end in sight

June 30 is the end of the state’s fiscal year.

12

Jun

2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8.

12

Jun

2015

WASPC soliciting interest from agencies for roundtable to discuss home detention bill

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs is soliciting interest from agencies for a roundtable discussion relating to HB 1943, concerning home detention/electronic monitoring.

12

Jun

2015

New amendments to the Public Records Act

The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) recently provided a helpful rundown of ESHB 1980, implementing public records act changes based upon recommendations of the Sunshine Committee.
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