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January 29, 2018

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Hot topics section

Resolution on capital budget and water issues has finally happened with significant benefit to cities
AWC has been working on this relentlessly for many months and the positive outcomes would not have happened without your help. More

Senate’s Voting Rights Act bill being considered in House committee
AWC testified on Friday. Interested cities are encouraged to contact their legislators with their own views. More

From the director section

What city officials heard in Olympia
Nearly 400 attendees from 120 cities and towns heard from numerous legislators and Olympia insiders during City Action Days. Find out what our speakers shared in their conversations with city officials. Also, learn what’s coming up in February. More

Things you can do section

Register for Washington State Archives records management trainings
The Washington State Archives provides guidance and support to state and local government in public records management by offering education and training opportunities. Live, in-person sessions and webinars are available, as well as online options. There are two free trainings on records management held each month, at different locations in the state. Find out the topics and register. More

Media time section

Understand the life of a bill and cutoff dates
Cutoff for policy bills to move from committee in the house of origin is Friday, February 2. Cutoff for fiscal bills follows on Tuesday, February 6. Watch this video to understand the steps required for a bill to become law, and how cutoff dates affect the life of a bill.

Check out City Action Days photos on Flickr!
CAD speakers
Nearly 400 city officials descended on Olympia last week to tell legislators what strong cities need. The photos are in! Check out you and your colleagues learning, advocating, and connecting at City Action Days. More

Need to know setion

Budget & finance
2SSB 5182 provides local governments an option to exempt very low-income households from paying property tax. More

House-proposed HB 2940 would change the state B&O tax to benefit small businesses. More

Economic development
City officials express their support for bill that would create new local infrastructure financing tool for “business ecosystems areas.” More

Get the latest updates on the status of our four priority housing related bills that continue to move through the House. More

Bill would establish Lend Washington program to facilitate local infrastructure investment. More

Bill that would allow for sewer extensions in rural areas for economic development is likely to draw opposition. More

Companion bills HB 2701 and SB 6377 seek to expand the definition of veterans for the purpose of pension service credit. AWC monitors bill for impact on the LEOFF2 system. More

Upcoming public meeting on the first draft rules of the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. More

Public safety & criminal justice
AWC-supported body cameras bill has a hearing this week. SB 6408 removes the sunset clauses which would ensure that these statutes continue to remain in law. More

Bills to provide funding for mental health and law enforcement co-response programs have hearings this week. SB 5970 and HB 2892 propose grant programs to assist local law enforcement agencies to develop and operate mental health field response teams. More

Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct has hearing in the Senate. More

AWC supports bills that would “codify” revenues for important transportation funding programs. More

Bills that would regulate companies like Lyft and Uber make their first public appearance in 2018. More

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