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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

9

Oct

2017

AWC Board adopts 2018 Legislative Priorities

On Friday September 29, the AWC Board of Directors adopted four city priorities for the upcoming 2018 legislative session.

6

Oct

2017

Washington State Supreme Court hearing to review state’s McCleary case progress scheduled for Oct. 24

The 2017-19 operating budget and the school funding bill HB 2242 were the major pieces of the framework for the McCleary fix that was the primary issue of the 2017 session.

6

Oct

2017

City-County Assistance Account 2018 estimates released

The Department of Revenue recently released its estimates of city-county assistance for distributions that will be made in 2018 under ESSB 6050.

6

Oct

2017

Task force on business licenses

The AWC business licensing model threshold workgroup created by EHB 2005 will be meeting later this week to hear about the model threshold from the business perspective, and to review some research on city business license systems and examples of thresholds in cities.

6

Oct

2017

B&O tax apportionment task force meeting update

The Department of Revenue task force to recommend changes to the two-factor formula for service income apportionment for local B&O taxes continues to meet monthly through July 2018.

6

Oct

2017

Streamlined sales tax (SST) mitigation committee input needed

EHB 2163 included a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act (internet sales tax) that takes effect on January 1, 2018.

6

Oct

2017

Tax reform heats up in the other Washington – SALT on the table

As Congress grapples with reforming the federal tax code, one proposal under serious consideration is eliminating the deduction of state and local taxes (SALT) for individual taxpayers.
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Categories: Federal

6

Oct

2017

AWC participates in APWA conference

AWC Government Relations Advocate Jane Wall provided a legislative update and delivered tips on legislative advocacy to attendees of the fall 2017 Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) conference in Richland, WA.

6

Oct

2017

State releases draft freight system plan

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) released its updated investment plan for the freight formula dollars included in the federal FAST Act.

6

Oct

2017

Ecology seeking input on municipal stormwater permits

The Department of Ecology is asking for feedback to help guide their process for reissuing the next round of municipal stormwater permits.

6

Oct

2017

Liquor & Cannabis Board studying legalized marijuana home grows – Comments due by Oct. 11

The LCB is studying the possibility of legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana plant possession, also known as “home grow” operations.
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Categories: Marijuana

6

Oct

2017

Joint policy summit on gang prevention and intervention in Tacoma on Nov. 1

On November 1, AWC is cohosting a policy summit on gang prevention and intervention with the Governor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, Washington State Association of Counties, and others.

6

Oct

2017

Police body camera task force continues to meet, report due by end of year

The state’s task force on body-worn cameras will meet on October 16 in Ellensburg.

20

Sep

2017

LCB studying options for recreational marijuana home grow

2017 legislation requires the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to “conduct a study of regulatory options” for recreational home grows of marijuana.
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Categories: Marijuana

11

Sep

2017

AWC will be active participant in Ruckelhaus Center’s Roadmap to the Future

As we have previously reported, the Legislature provided funding to the Ruckelshaus Center for their “Roadmap to the Future” project.
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