Legislative Advocacy

18

Nov

2014

No Cakewalk for AWC’s 2015 Legislative Agenda

It should be no surprise that legislators returning to Olympia on January 12 will face very difficult choices on what, and what not, to fund.

18

Nov

2014

Save the Date! Mayors Exchange

Mayors from across the state will converge in Olympia at the end of the first week of the 2015 legislative session.

18

Nov

2014

Get Ready for Online Lodging Tax Reporting

The 2013 legislation that maintained most uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, requires cities and counties with a lodging tax to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) instead of the Department of Commerce.
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Categories: Finance

18

Nov

2014

House Finance Committee Meets Again to Discuss City and County Fiscal Challenges

As reported in a previous Bulletin, AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) have been working this interim with the House Finance Committee on ideas that could help improve city fiscal conditions.
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Categories: Finance

18

Nov

2014

Cities Suggest Changes to the Public Records Act, Sunshine Committee Agrees

During its October 28, 2014, meeting the Washington State Sunshine Committee considered two changes to the Public Records Act (PRA).

18

Nov

2014

Governor’s Drone Task Force Sees Draft Legislation

Governor’s Inslee’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or better known as drones, Task Force convened on November 10, to review a first draft of proposed legislation slated for the 2015 legislative session.

18

Nov

2014

The Ugly Truth: Infrastructure Investment Video

As part of Operation: Strong Cities, we have been asking cities and towns to enhance the way they interact with their communities and legislators.

21

Oct

2014

Revenue & AWC’s Open Data Portal

As the legal recreational marijuana market gets underway in Washington each day brings new developments and changes.
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Categories: Marijuana

21

Oct

2014

Court Upholds Business Ban

On Friday, October 17, a second Washington state judge from Chelan County Superior Court ruled that nothing in Initiative 502 overrides local governments’ authority to regulate or ban marijuana businesses.
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Categories: Marijuana

17

Oct

2014

2015 Legislative Priorities Aim to Keep Cities Strong

When the 2015 legislature convenes on January 12, AWC’s legislative agenda and priorities will be but one of many the Governor and legislators will be urged to address.

17

Oct

2014

Governor’s Office Shares Toxics Reduction Proposal

A comprehensive non-point toxics reduction package is a major component of Governor Inslee’s proposed resolution to the multi-year fight over the new water quality rules.

17

Oct

2014

Update on the Multi-City Business Licensing and Tax Portal – FileLocal

Several cities have asked about the status of FileLocal, the local business license and tax payment portal.
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Categories: Finance

17

Oct

2014

Concerns Remain Around Voting Rights Act

As noted in our last bulletin, conversations continue around voting rights in Washington after the federal court ruled the City of Yakima’s system for electing councilmembers violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

17

Oct

2014

Infrastructure Funds at Risk Again, the Time to Act is Now

Although the election is still a few weeks away, state agencies are working on their budget requests to the Governor as part of the 2015-2017 biennial budget proposal.

17

Oct

2014

Governor Inslee’s Drone Task Force Moves Forward

On April 4, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed EHB 2789 that related to technology-enhanced government surveillance (aka the “Drone” bill).
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