Legislative Advocacy

January 4, 2017

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Recruiting members for Nominating Committee
AWC is seeking elected officials interested in serving on the 2017 AWC Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee recruits, interviews and selects a list of potential candidates for election to the AWC Board of Directors at AWC’s Annual Conference in June. If you would like to be considered for a position on committee, email Michelle Catlin or Luann Hopkins by Friday, January 20. More

New public employer overtime guide released
The updated Washington State Public Employer Overtime Guide is here. With a temporary injunction having been issued, the Guide was updated to reflect the current state of the law and is now available to directors, mayors, and other management staff who represent management only.  Consult your legal counsel for advice about what this means for your city or town. Click here to login to AWC’s website and access the Guide.

Governor seeks applicants for Sentencing Guidelines Commission
The Sentencing Guidelines Commission promotes accountability and equity through evaluating state sentencing policy for both the adult criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system. The Commission also recommends standard sentences for felony offenses, studies sentencing practices across the state, studies the criminal code, and makes recommendations for modification. Check AWC’s website for more information about eligibility and how to apply. More

Washington city officials serving on NLC advocacy committees
Fourteen Washington city officials now represent our state on a National League of Cities (NLC) committee. These individuals help shape NLC’s direction and even national policy on issues such as human development, transportation and infrastructure, information technology, and more. Check out this distinguished list! More

EEOC required notices for employers with wellness programs
Employers who have wellness programs need to comply with certain notifications and other obligations under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). These employer notification requirements took effect January 1. The AWC Employee Benefit Trust meets all legal notification requirements for employers offering medical/wellness coverage through the Trust. Employers offering wellness programs outside of the Trust should have legal counsel review these new notification requirements.

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Federal Local Bridge Program call for projects
WSDOT has approximately $60 million of Federal Highway Administration funding for improvements of local agency bridges. The purpose of the Federal Local Bridge program is to improve the condition of local agency bridges while ensuring no more than 10% of the National Highway System (NHS) bridge deck area is on structurally deficient bridges. All public agencies that currently own a bridge that meets the funding criteria are eligible to apply. Applications are due April 3. More

Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is accepting applications to establish new drug courts or enhance existing drug court services, coordination, and offender management and recovery support services. Application deadline is February 28. More

Transitional Housing Assistance Grants
The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women is seeking applicants for Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking. The total program funding is $25 million and individual awards are capped at $350,000. Applications must include both a victim service provider and a housing provider. The deadline is February 26. More

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Personal effects – Cityvision magazine feature story
We brought together a small group of legislative and city leaders with experience serving at both the state and city levels to talk about the challenges and opportunities for Washington cities to work with their Legislature—and for legislators to make a difference for cities. The resulting feature article includes the insights of Kelli Linville, mayor of Bellingham; Suzette Cooke, mayor of Kent; Fred Jarrett, senior deputy county executive of King County; and State Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland); and State Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick). More

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Governor’s proposed state budgets impact cities
On December 14, the Governor released his proposed budgets for the state’s 2017-19 biennium. In light of the fact that the budget relies on a series of new revenue proposals which face an uncertain future in the Legislature, some have described it as the high water mark for funding for many areas of the budget. Even that high water mark presents a mixed bag on city priorities. Read AWC’s analysis. More

Legislative session begins Monday! And so does your weekly Legislative Bulletin
The 105-day legislative session begins Monday. Watch for our Legislative Bulletin for updates on bills and hot topics, and how to take action on city priorities.

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City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
February 15-16 | Olympia
Held annually during the legislative session, City Action Days is AWC's two-day legislative conference that brings city and town officials to Olympia to address legislators with a single, unified voice. Engage in the state’s policy and budget development process, understand how the legislative process works, learn about AWC’s priorities, and hear from legislative leaders. This is one conference city and town officials can't afford to miss. Register now!

AWC trainings & events

Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 18, 2017


City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 15-16, 2017


Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23, 2017


Other trainings

Grant writing workshop (WSCJTC)

February 23-24


Learn how to find and write grants
February 23-24 | Burien
The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission will host a grant writing workshop on February 23-24. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. You do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency. Tuition is $455, all inclusive, and CEU credits may be available. More

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