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Published on Friday, July 12, 2013

About the 2013 Final Bulletin

The Final Bulletin has four purposes:

  1. To give you a brief narrative overview of the 2013 regular and special legislative sessions.
  2. To highlight bills that passed during the 2013 legislative session (including the special sessions) that will have a direct effect on cities and towns, or are expected to have substantial indirect effects.
  3. To give the final status of all bills mentioned in the Bulletin over the course of the legislative session.
  4. To provide links for all of these bills so you can easily find more information, including actual bill language and bill reports.

As usual, this Bulletin is divided into issue areas (state budget, law & justice, and so on). Within each issue area you will find a session overview and a table of bills, which includes AWC priority bills and other bills of interest to cities.

AWC priority bills are those of significance to most cities and towns on issues adopted as priorities by the AWC Board of Directors. These include major priorities, other significant issues, and issues to endorse, monitor, or defend against.

About the bill tables

  • Within each table, bills that passed appear first, followed by bills that failed to pass. Within those two groups, bills are listed in numerical order.
  • The table also indicates the effective date for bills that passed.
  • To make it easier for you to find bills, we use our own descriptive bill titles rather than the official bill titles used by the Legislature.
  • The BillTracker logo is shown for bills included in AWCs BillTracker. Clicking on the logo will take you to the bill details page.
  • For all bills, clicking on the underlined bill number will take you to the "Bill Information" page on the Legislature’s website.

About the Legislature’s “Bill Information” pages

The Legislature’s website includes a page for every bill that was introduced during the session. Each bill’s page shows its sponsors and history, as well as links to available documents, amendments, and the fiscal note, if applicable.

For bills that passed, the final version that passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor can be found by clicking the link that says "Session Law" under "Bill Documents."

For background information and a summary of the bill, click on "Final Bill Report" under "Bill Reports." Bill reports are written by non-partisan legislative staff. Bill language and bill reports are also available for some bills that failed to pass.

Fiscal notes give an estimate of the fiscal impact of a bill on state agencies and on local governments when applicable. Fiscal notes are prepared by agency staff and are finalized and approved by the Office of Financial Management (OFM). Local government fiscal notes are written by staff at the Department of Commerce and also must be finalized and approved by OFM.

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