Legislative Advocacy

February 1, 2017

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AWC Nominating Committee appointments
AWC President Jim Restucci has appointed members of 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. See who is serving on this year’s committee. More

Confusion and legal questions surround “sanctuary city” executive order
President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds to sanctuary cities has caused confusion about what is a “sanctuary city,” raised a host of legal questions, and led San Francisco to be the first city in the U.S. to file a lawsuit alleging the executive order is unconstitutional and exceeds the President’s power.

  • An article by The Olympian explores the position of several Washington cities and legal analysis by Hugh Spitzer, University of Washington law professor.
  • NLC’s CitiesSpeak blog outlines legal steps sanctuary cities can take if they lose funding.
  • In response to the executive order, NLC released a statement asking the Federal government, not cities, to fix the immigration system.

Are you ready for
City Action Days?

In just two weeks, more than 300 city officials are gathering in Olympia for City Action Days. Click here to view who’s coming. Also, here are three important things to do before you arrive:

  1. Make appointments to meet with your legislators. The best day to do this is Thursday, February 16 when conference activities are hosted on the hill.
  2. Invite legislators to key conference events. Ask your legislators to join you at the Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 15, and/or breakfast or lunch at the tent on the Capitol Campus on Thursday, February 16. Check the conference schedule for details.
  3. Contact the media to tell them why you're coming. It is important you use the media to let constituents and state decision makers know what your city needs. Remind them of AWC's Legislative Priorities as well as your city's legislative agenda. Let them know you'll be amongst 300 other city officials in Olympia to tell legislators that strong cities make a great state.

UW Livable City Year Program info webinar
The University of Washington (UW) is accepting proposals until February 15 from cities interested in hosting the UW Livable City Year program for the 2017-18 academic year. The successful applicant will benefit from up to 80,000 hours of research and study by UW students and faculty members working to advance goals tied to livability, environmental sustainability, economic viability, and social equity, inclusion and access. Register here for the February 9 informational webinar.

New tool to help address abandoned homes
Many cities are coping with the growing problem of abandoned homes that attract criminal activity and affect property values in the surrounding area. Community members reach out to the city requesting something be done, but because it’s sometimes difficult to determine who owns a problem property, cities are limited in how they can respond. The Washington Banker’s Association developed a tool to help cities contact the appropriate financial institution that owns the problem home. AWC will continue to work with homeowner advocates and financial institutions to address this problem. More

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AWC priority policy bills on the move
Now in week four of an (at least) 15-week legislative session, a number of AWC priority bills have been introduced. Learn what is in the mix and how you can help advance the city agenda. More

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Cityvision – hot off the press!
The newest issue of Cityvision explores the sharing economy. Read about how cities are adapting to and in some cases adopting new strategies: from ride sharing and short-term rentals to creative aggregations of community services. More

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Healthy Worksite Summit
March 22-23 | Lynnwood
Healthy Worksite Summit is dedicated to making workplaces healthy places. Employers come together to learn, share, and explore the latest resources and trends in workplace health promotion. Register by February 20 for a discounted rate. Register now!

AWC trainings & events

City Action Days CML bug

February 15-16


Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

March 7,8,9

Cheney, Ellensburg

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23


Other trainings

SAO Report Filing Workshops

February & April


Volkswagen Federal Settlement

February 2


The Art of Participatory Leadership

February 2-4


Successful Strategies for Hiring the Right Person

February 22


NLC Congressional City Conference

March 11-15

Washington D.C.

SAO annual report filing workshops
February & April | Multiple locations
The State Auditor’s Office will once again offer annual report filing workshops, designed to help local governments meet the statutory requirement of submitting the report within 150 days of the close of their fiscal year. More

Successful Strategies for Hiring the Right Person
February 22 | Webinar
Receive guidance on how local governments can build a successful recruiting and hiring program. More

Congressional City Conference
March 11-15 | Washington D.C.
Be a part of NLC’s voice. Join city leaders from across the country to advocate together for the priorities of cities on Capitol Hill. With a new President and Congress, this year it is more important than ever to make your voice heard on behalf of your community. More

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Invitation to 2017 Design and Resiliency Teams
The Design Resiliency – Technical Assistance (DART) program assembles multi-disciplinary teams of public and private sector experts to provide pro bono design and resiliency technical assistance to selected communities in the U.S. and Canada. While there is no direct cost, communities must demonstrate capacity and commitment. Four communities will be selected in 2017, and applications are due March 6. More

Federal Local Bridge Program call for projects
WSDOT has approximately $60 million of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 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 percent 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

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program
The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance is looking to award $7 million in grants to plan and implement comprehensive strategies that respond to the growing opioid epidemic. Local governments may apply within the following categories: overdose outreach, system-level diversion and alternatives to incarceration, and data-driven responses to prescription drug misuse. The award ceiling is $850,000 and applications due April 25 More

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