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22

May

2015

Expect a post-Memorial Day push to conclude this long legislative session

Legislative leaders and the Governor’s team continue to actively discuss ways to conclude the 2015 session, if not by the end of the 30-day special session on May 28, soon thereafter.

22

May

2015

Please help ensure passage of transportation package

AWC and individual cities have been pushing for nearly three years for the Legislature to pass a comprehensive statewide transportation package.

22

May

2015

Court increases infraction fines – additional funds for local government

Earlier this year AWC partnered with the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) and the state’s Office of Public Defense to request the Supreme Court increase traffic and other infraction fines to support the need for increased public defense services.

22

May

2015

LCB conducts its first recreational marijuana compliance checks – four businesses citied for selling to minors

The Washington State Liquor Control Board conducted twenty-two compliance checks on recreational marijuana businesses May 15-18.
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Categories: Marijuana

22

May

2015

Governor signs several law and justice bills

Over the past weeks Governor Inslee has been busy signing bills into law lawmakers passed during the 105-day regular legislative session.

22

May

2015

What you need to know about The Cannabis Patient Protection Act

SB 5052 was signed into law last month, which establishes a medical marijuana oversight body, guidance for rules and regulation, licensing, and defines cooperatives and personal grows.
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Categories: Marijuana

20

May

2015

Prolonged special legislative session puts city revenues at heightened risk

This week, your Legislative Bulletin contains just one article because there’s not much progress to report, and that means trouble.

20

May

2015

AWC comments on ACA high cost plan excise tax

Washington cities may be disproportionately impacted by the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high cost health coverage.
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Categories: Federal, Personnel

8

May

2015

Limited budget progress visible

The Capitol is almost like a ghost town.

8

May

2015

Marijuana revenue sharing still a work in progress

As we’ve reported previously, the issue of sharing marijuana excise tax revenue with cities still has yet to be resolved and is part of the special session negotiations.
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Categories: Marijuana

8

May

2015

What’s happening with negotiations on a statewide transportation package?

We remain optimistic that a comprehensive transportation package will pass this year.

1

May

2015

Will this extra session be "special" and helpful to cities?

After almost 105 days of the regular legislative session, legislators are back for a special session to last no more than 30 days.

1

May

2015

Legislature passes bill regulating oil trains

The final bill that passed during the regular legislative session was ESHB 1449, establishing requirements for the transport of crude oil.

1

May

2015

Public records issues still alive in the special session

Two weeks ago we reported on what public records bills made it to Governor Inslee’s desk.

29

Apr

2015

Request for review of Statement of Policy

During the Annual Business Meeting at the AWC 2014 Annual Conference, the AWC voting delegates approved updates suggested by the State & Federal Policy Committee to the AWC Statement of Policy.
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