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2

Sep

2015

AWC hits the road. Is there a meeting you would like us to attend?

AWC government relations staff is interested in meeting with city officials and groups across the state to hear how we might help cities remain strong and vital.

2

Sep

2015

Do you have suggestions for the next round of legislative priorities? Fill out this survey

Legislators may be back home trying to figure out K-12 school funding, but there are other important issues that need their attention when they convene for their 2016 Legislative Session on January 11.

25

Aug

2015

Fish Barrier Removal Board seeking information on undersized culverts in salmon streams

The Fish Barrier Removal Board (FBRB) is seeking information on unfunded potential fish barrier projects that are important from the local perspective.

25

Aug

2015

We need your help! New study on trends in public records

To account for changes in the nature and volume of public records requests, legislators are considering revising the Public Records Act.

19

Aug

2015

State Supreme Court challenges Legislature to solve school funding problem – how might it impact cities?

Last week the Supreme Court imposed $100,000 per day fines on the Legislature for failing to solve K-12 school funding problems.

18

Aug

2015

Labor Department proposes changes to overtime rules

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that would extend overtime protection to millions of workers by increasing the salary threshold at which workers are eligible for overtime.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Aug

2015

Seven significant Supreme Court cases for local governments

2015 was a big year for the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, many of the high court’s rulings were unfavorable for local governments.

17

Aug

2015

Local government audit rate increases

The Washington State Auditor's Office will adjust its local government hourly billing rate from the current $88.50 to $93.00, effective January 1, 2016.

12

Aug

2015

LCB announces change to liquor and marijuana application notification process

Effective October 1, 2015, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is implementing a new system to notify local authorities of liquor and marijuana applications within their jurisdiction.
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Categories: Marijuana

7

Aug

2015

Connect with Congress this month and let them know cities need sales tax e-fairness

Throughout the month of August, your congressional delegation typically puts business on hold in Washington, DC, and heads home.
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Categories: Federal

5

Aug

2015

AWC President Paul Roberts releases statement in response to Governor’s direction to the Department of Ecology on water quality

Governor Inslee announced Friday that he directed the Department of Ecology to provide him with a new set of options to address the water quality rules commonly referred to as the fish consumption rule.

31

Jul

2015

2015 session was longest in history and ultimately, positive for cities

What a difference a year can make. At the end of the 2014 session, little was done to help cities across the state.

31

Jul

2015

Few personnel bills pass this session

In the personnel and pensions area, the theme for 2016 was similar to that from the last two years – many proposals introduced, but the political differences between the House and Senate meant few bills were passed.

31

Jul

2015

Legislature (finally) adopts a comprehensive transportation package

One of the bright spots of this legislative session was the Legislature’s bipartisan action on a statewide comprehensive transportation package.

31

Jul

2015

Mixed bag on infrastructure this session – much accomplished but still a lot to do

Your favorite flavor of infrastructure might be the most important determinant of how you feel the legislative session turned out.
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