Legislative Advocacy

March 13, 2017

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Senate to hear public records bills this week – including AWC priority bills HB 1594 and HB1595. We encourage you to contact your Senators and let them know about the importance of these two bills. More

Hearings scheduled on latest versions of city business license and tax bills EHB 2005 and ESSB 5777. AWC is gathering a panel of cities to testify at the hearings. More

What to expect on city priorities, budget, and policy in the coming weeks
Several of AWC’s priorities made it past the March 8 cutoff. Find out the next steps this session including important dates, legislators’ budget timeline, and an upcoming April 3 AWC Lobby Day where you are invited to join us in Olympia, or make calls to your legislators from home. More

Join us for a critical AWC Lobby Day on the Hill
April 3 | Olympia
Many legislators have been clear that state-shared revenues of more than $200 million are in jeopardy and soon we'll know how true this is. City officials are invited to Olympia on April 3, one day before cutoff, to make a push and tell legislators that strong cities are the key to a great state. Make appointments to meet with legislators, or notify them of your arrival, and share the positive or negative impacts of the difficult budget decisions they face. More

What's going on with the state budget and why it matters for cities

Your AWC Government Relations Advocate Victoria Lincoln brings you the lowdown on what’s really going on with the budget and why it matters for cities. Catch this video to learn the three problems the Legislature is facing with passing the budget, and the huge impacts on cities. Share this video in council meetings to get the conversation going about state-shared revenues atrisk, and contact your legislators before it’s too late. More

City officials travelling to NLC's Congressional City Conference
AWC's leadership and approximately 90 Washington city officials are headed off to Washington, D.C. next week to advocate for federal policies that support our cities. Check out our federal priorities here and follow along March 11-15 on AWC's twitter.

Budget & finance
One piece of McCleary education funding fix now in place. Last week, the Senate and House passed ESB 5023, the levy cliff bill. More

Lodging tax bill limiting city authority did not advance before the legislative cutoff. Thanks to all the cities that contacted Senators to express concerns with further limitations on this local authority. More

Lodging tax reporting due by March 15. All cities with lodging tax expenditures in 2016 must submit a report to JLARC. More

Fiscal flexibility bill continues to move. SHB 2006 passed the House on March 7. More

Bill to expand homestead property tax exemption scheduled for hearing. More

Environment
Comment period begins for proposed clarifications to Shoreline Management Act procedural rules, including a new process for periodic review of local shoreline master programs. More

General government
Non-English emergency notice bill gets hearing in Senate, local governments offer input. More

Housing
Housing and homelessness bills are still alive after cutoff. More

Bills to remedy problems created by abandoned and foreclosed homes are still moving. More

Infrastructure
There is still a chance to preserve the Public Works Trust Fund if we keep up the pressure. More

Problematic bill that would change claims process on construction contracts fails to pass. More

Marijuana
Update on dead marijuana bills. More

Personnel
Update on dead personnel bills. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Update on dead public safety bills. More

Telecommunications
Small cell telecommunications bill fails to move out of the Senate. SB 5711 is technically dead, but this is not the end. More

Transportation
Bill that requires review of pavement condition reporting requirement moving through the process. More

 


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