Legislative Advocacy

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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).

17

Oct

2014

Sex Offender Housing Work Group Wrapping-up Interim Report

After the 2014 session, Legislators issued a letter to the Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB) asking them to review policies relating to the release and housing of sex offenders in communities.

17

Oct

2014

Workgroup on the Cost of Providing Misdemeanor Public Defense

The House Judiciary Committee asked the Office of Public Defense (OPD) to convene a work group to look at the cost of providing misdemeanor public defense.

17

Oct

2014

Ecology Releases Preliminary Report on Marine and Rail Oil Transportation

Last year’s state budget provided one-time funding for Ecology to conduct a Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study in cooperation with the Utilities and Transportation Commission, Emergency Management Division, and other agencies.

17

Oct

2014

Improving Transportation Efficiency under the Governor’s Executive Order on Carbon Pollution Reduction

Earlier this year, Governor Inslee issued an executive order on carbon pollution reduction and clean energy action.

17

Oct

2014

Please Respond to Fuel Usage Survey to Inform Rulemaking on Alternative Fuel Requirements

The Washington State Legislature directed the Department of Commerce to develop rules regarding the use of alternative fuels – including electricity, biofuels, natural gas, and propane – for local government vehicles, vessels and construction equipment (see RCW 43.19.648).

17

Oct

2014

National Disaster Resilience Competition – Your City May be Eligible

On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

17

Oct

2014

Fish Passage Barrier Removal Board Continues to Meet

AWC’s efforts to build support for a coordinated plan to address local fish passage barriers continued this month.

14

Oct

2014

In Case you Missed It: Landing Your Dream Job in Local Government

AWC teamed-up with the Emerging Local Government Leaders at the end of September to provide a webinar geared toward emerging local government leaders who are looking to land their dream job.

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Oct

2014

EPA Extends Comment Period on Waters of the U.S. Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 is seeking your input on the proposed changes to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act.
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