Control of the state Senate shifts – How might it impact cities?
Senate Democrats have regained the majority after five years of Republican control. Find out what it means for cities including the capital budget, a potential state Voting Rights Act, the McCleary fix, and Governor Inslee’s plans. More
Develop your city's legislative agenda and share it with the public, media, and legislators
Developing a legislative agenda before session is a simple and effective way to get your legislators' attention.
- Keep it short and simple – one page only.
- Add credibility by having your city council adopt it before session.
- Include capital needs along with policy priorities.
- Incorporate AWC's Legislative Priorities into your agenda.
- Make it public. Post it on your city's website, put it in your newsletters, and insert it into utility bills.
- Work with your local media for coverage.
Find examples of cities' legislative agendas from past years on our website, and send your 2018 priorities to Regina Adams, Government Relations Coordinator. More
Top ten steps to take for a successful legislative session
January is nearly here – take advantage of the interim and engage your legislators on important city issues now. Need ideas? See this handy top ten list. Better yet, print it and refer to it often. Can you complete all ten actions? Doing so could win you a 2018 AWC Advocacy All-Star award! More
Budget & finance
Watch for a survey related to development of the business license model threshold. More
Updates on partnership options for business license administration. More
B&O tax apportionment task force continues to meet. More
Studies on streamlined sales tax mitigation impacts. More
City leaders speak at rural jobs summit. More
Early action on Voting Rights Act legislation expected in 2018 session. More
Capital budget remains locked up. More
“State bank” task force to produce report by the end of the year. More
Guidance on public records data reporting to JLARC expected soon. More
Webinar on new paid sick leave law taking effect January 2018. More
DRS releases updated guidance on the new LEOFF 2 “third party contract rule.” More
Public safety & criminal justice
Workgroup reviewing Washington’s civil asset forfeiture laws. More
Innovations and Partnerships in Transportation Conference is December 5 in Tacoma. More