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November 14, 2017

The Legislative Bulletin is produced monthly during the legislative interim.

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From the director section

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

Things you can do section

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

Media time section

Top ten thumbnailTop 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


Need to know setion

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

Economic development
City leaders speak at rural jobs summit. More

General government
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

Open goverment
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

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