2017 City Legislative Priorities
Although AWC’s Government Relations Team will engage on your behalf on hundreds of issues over the legislative session, our focus will be on five city priorities. Check out our 2017 legislative priorities and corresponding issue briefs. More
Still no agreement about how to fund basic education
As session begins, Education Funding Task Force cannot reach agreement. More
The 2017 legislative session is underway
What you can expect, where you can get the latest updates, and how you can help advocate for city priorities. More
Register for City Action Days!
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!
Share your city’s legislative agenda with the media
It’s important that communities throughout the state understand what your city is asking of state legislators. One of the best ways to do this is by sharing it with local media. Some cities have already reached out to their media. Check out these articles.
Cities pinpoint priorities for legislators (Camas)
Everett relying on Olympia for funding to address social issues
Waitsburg Sets Legislative Priorities
The legislative session is finally here!
Watch this short video of AWC Vice President Pat Johnson to find out four things you can do to make sure the session is successful for cities and towns.
Budget & finance
Governor’s proposed state budget impacts cities. Did you miss AWC’s analysis? More
Final report released by task force on local tax & licensing simplification represents a significant compromise on the part of cities. Cities and businesses reach compromise with several recommendations. More
Environment & land use
New school siting bill that takes a whole new approach to school citing will receive a public hearing. More
Bills aimed at addressing the impacts of recent Supreme Court decisions on water management begin to emerge with opportunities for cities to transition classifications and fix the limitation of mitigation. More
AWC is cooperating with other stakeholders on a multi-faceted housing, homelessness and accountability agenda. More
AWC is working on a new strategy to refresh the city-state infrastructure partnership with a centerpiece of updating and retooling the Public Works Trust Fund for the next 30 years. More
Studies conclude merging the LEOFF 1 pension system with TRS 1 or LEOFF 2 is possible. More
New public employer overtime guide released. More
Public safety & criminal justice
AWC supports a bill proposing a statewide pharmaceutical take-back program to be developed and maintained by drug manufacturers. More
We’re likely to see legislation that could pre-empt current city authority to regulate small cell networks. More