Legislative Advocacy

11

Jul

2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Approach on Major Water Quality Standards – the "Fish Consumption" Issue

Yesterday afternoon Governor Inslee announced a new approach on the contentious water quality standards update commonly referred to as the “fish consumption” rule.

9

Jul

2014

AWC Perspective on Retail Marijuana – Most Important is Local Control

On Tuesday, the media captured images of the first retail marijuana transactions in the State.

8

Jul

2014

Operation: Strong Cities. Take Action Now.

AWC exists to help you have, and maintain the authorities and resources you need to serve and keep your communities vibrant.

8

Jul

2014

Update on 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

8

Jul

2014

Department of Revenue releases information about tribal property tax exemption

Last session the Legislature passed HB 1287, which established a property tax exemption for tribally owned property used for economic development.
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Categories: Finance

8

Jul

2014

Courts Rule on Disclosure of Police Dashboard Cameras, Searches of Personal Computers

Last month, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that police dashboard camera video may only be withheld from public disclosure in limited circumstances.

8

Jul

2014

State Budget Process Begins

The summer marks the beginning of the State’s budget process, and it should be no surprise that the McCleary decision regarding education will dramatically impact what the Legislature does in the next session; and what the Legislature does, always impacts cities.
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Categories: State budget

8

Jul

2014

City Revenue Discussions Continue

AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) continue to lay out the “problem statement” with legislators about why current revenue is inadequate to serve growing populations and the subsequent demand for services.
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Categories: Finance

8

Jul

2014

Ad Hoc Freight Rail Committee has First Meeting

AWC’s Ad Hoc Freight Rail Committee met for the first time on June 18 at the Annual Conference in Spokane.

7

Jul

2014

Cities Take Advantage of State Energy Efficiency Grants

AWC produced this video highlighting a series of Energy Efficiency grants from the State.

7

Jul

2014

New Open Government Laws in Effect

Two new open government requirements recently took effect for cities and other local governments.

7

Jul

2014

Your Input Needed on Misdemeanor Caseloads Survey

Your city or town’s mayor, manager, or administrator should have recently received an email from the Office of Public Defense (OPD) with a survey link.

7

Jul

2014

New Videos Available on Marijuana Industry Impacts

Check out new videos from Colorado Municipal League staff and Inside Olympia.

7

Jul

2014

New pension rates to be set by July 31

New pension rates could mean millions of dollars for local government budgets.
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Categories: Personnel

11

Jun

2014

Fundamental AWC Policy Position Statement Undergoes an Update .......

When the Governor, legislators, state or federal officials, or our own members want to know what the Association of Washington Cities stands for, we turn to the Statement of Policy.
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