Legislative Advocacy

18

Apr

2014

Legislature makes little progress on transportation revenue package, future uncertain

Over the past two sessions, cities have actively promoted a transportation revenue package with direct distribution for cities, local revenue options, enhanced funding for state grant programs, and funding for local projects and state projects that benefit local communities.

18

Apr

2014

2014 Legislature adopts bills promoting open government and transparency

The 2014 session was surprisingly significant for open government legislation, and two notable bills designed to increase transparency and understanding of open government laws passed.

18

Apr

2014

Divided politics mean few personnel bills pass this year

The partisan divisions between the House and the Senate were very apparent again this year in terms of personnel legislation that passed.
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Categories: Personnel

18

Apr

2014

Marijuana issues dominate the discussion but fail to pass

Marijuana-related proposals dominated the law and justice issues of the session.

18

Apr

2014

Court decision on pension cases expected soon – what will it mean for cities

18

Apr

2014

Bills related to homeless funding, fish passage barriers and archaeological resources pass

The 2014 session was in some ways dominated by attention to the coming showdown over education funding in 2015.

18

Apr

2014

No action on infrastructure

Several of AWC’s priorities this year related to one idea: resources and tools to finance local infrastructure.

18

Apr

2014

No changes to city business licensing and taxing this year

Since this was the second year of the biennium, legislative proposals from the 2013 session were eligible to be revived and advanced.

16

Apr

2014

Governors announcement on new water quality standards expected soon

The water quality standards update commonly referred to as the "fish consumption rule" that AWC has been covering over the last few years (see for example here, here and here) is rapidly approaching its next phase.

9

Apr

2014

What is happening with the Public Works Trust Fund?

Are you confused that the Public Works Board is soliciting applications for Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) loans after you had heard that the money for the PWTF had been swept by the legislature?

2

Apr

2014

Washington Court of Appeals sides with Kent in lawsuit over banning collective gardens

The Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed that the City of Kent has authority to prohibit medical marijuana collective gardens. 


21

Mar

2014

Little change for cities this session, get involved in future work

Last Friday’s Bulletin was distributed within hours of legislators finishing their work this session.

21

Mar

2014

Many bills, little action on personnel issues

As we mentioned in an earlier article, the deep political divide between the Senate and House on personnel related policy continued this session, and the result is few bills going to the Governor’s desk.

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Categories: Personnel

21

Mar

2014

Indigent Defense caseload standards implementation

The indigent defense caseload standards for misdemeanor cases are set to take effect January 2015. 


21

Mar

2014

Regulating the future use of drones

This year, Washington joined about nine other states in regulating the use of drones.

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