Legislative Advocacy

23

Jan

2015

City needs are bringing legislators together

Declaring “this is the year we move forward on local government,” Reps. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) and Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee) filmed this message for you.

23

Jan

2015

Legislators to hear personnel bills

Last week we said to expect many personnel bills in the coming weeks, and this week did not disappoint. Numerous bills have been scheduled for hearings next week.
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Categories: Personnel

23

Jan

2015

Can voters get better information on the fiscal impacts of initiatives and referenda?

Following last fall’s close vote passing I-1351 (K-12 Class size), bi-partisan groups of legislators have begun to file a series of bills aimed at helping voters connect the dots between what they might like as ideas and how to pay for them.

23

Jan

2015

New notice and review provisions for annexations proposed

Companion bills initiated by the state's Office of Financial Management (OFM), HB 1250 and SB 5138 are designed to save both the state and cities time and expense.

23

Jan

2015

Transportation local options bill Introduced in the House

Representative Joan McBride (D- Kirkland), former mayor of Kirkland, has introduced HB 1593, which would give cities an array of new local revenue authorities.

23

Jan

2015

Feedback needed on bill regulating ride–sharing companies

Senator Cyrus Habib (D-Kirkland) has introduced SB 5550, which would provide for statewide regulation of “commercial transportation services” – defined as a company that uses a digital network or software application to connect passengers to drivers for the purpose of providing transportation.

23

Jan

2015

Proposal for new tool for infrastructure investment

HB 1383 would allow cities to create an apportionment district and impose a special property tax within the district on the incremental property value increase within the district.

23

Jan

2015

The importance of cross collaboration and data collection in the regulation of marijuana

Last week AWC analyst Jane Wall traveled to Denver, CO to attend the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Conference on Marijuana and its impacts on Public Health and Safety.
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Categories: Marijuana

23

Jan

2015

New proposal to share marijuana excise tax revenue introduced

There continues to be a flurry of marijuana related bills being introduced. Most notably this week SB 5417 was introduced which provides for revenue sharing with local governments.

23

Jan

2015

Public safety legislation updates

It is only week two of the 2015 legislative session but dozens of public safety bills have been introduced and are making their way through the legislative process.

23

Jan

2015

Reinstating city liquor revenue

This week AWC’s priority bill to reinstate the historic liquor profit sharing formula between the state, counties, and cities was introduced (HB 1517).

23

Jan

2015

Lively hearing on county utility tax proposal

On January 22, the House Local Government Committee heard HB 1133, authorizing counties to impose a utility tax.

23

Jan

2015

House finance to hear bills on EMS levies and parks

Next week, the House Finance Committee will consider two bills with potential impacts to cities.

23

Jan

2015

Significant water infrastructure investment proposal gets first hearing – Monday January 26

AWC has been engaging for several months with a group of legislators and stakeholders who are pursuing a large water infrastructure investment package focused around water supply, flood control and stormwater.

23

Jan

2015

Eminent domain bills re-emerge

SB 5188 will be heard on January 26 and SB 5363 will be heard on January 27. Both seek to limit or clarify the use of eminent domain and prohibit its use for economic development purposes.
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