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

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May

2017

Don’t use city funds to fill state budget gaps

Statement from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) in response to a second special legislative session

22

May

2017

New small cell bill introduced

As we have been reporting since last December, a coalition of some telecommunications providers has been working to move legislation aimed at advancing the deployment of new telecommunications technology that relies upon small cell networks.

19

May

2017

First special session ending – will a second help or hurt cities?

Partisan gridlock is alive and well in Olympia as the 30-day special session concludes in a near-empty Capitol on May 23.

19

May

2017

What does it mean for cities if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30?

In 2015, the state faced similar budget gridlock and made a contingency plan for what would happen if a budget was not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1.

19

May

2017

Bill that requires ballot drop boxes in cities, towns signed into law

SB 5472 was signed into law on May 16 which requires county auditors to establish a minimum of one ballot box for each 15,000 registered voters in the county and in each city, town, and census-designated place in the county that has a post office.

19

May

2017

Opinion requested on LEOFF 1 coverage of medical marijuana

The Attorney General’s Office has received a request for a formal published opinion on the ability of a LEOFF 1 disability board to cover the costs of medical marijuana for a LEOFF 1 retiree.

19

May

2017

Paid sick leave draft rules released and public comment needed

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 which raised the state’s minimum wage and required employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
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Categories: Personnel

19

May

2017

New law creates requirements for accommodating an employee’s pregnancy

SB 5835 was signed into law on May 16 which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s pregnancy and pregnancy-related health issues.
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Categories: Personnel

19

May

2017

New non-English emergency notice requirements signed into law

SB 5046 was signed into law on May 16, creating a new requirement for local emergency management organizations.

19

May

2017

DOR local government partnership meetings

The Department of Revenue is hosting its annual meetings with local governments to connect with department staff and other jurisdictions.

16

May

2017

State agency asking for input on paid sick leave rules

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 which raised the state’s minimum wage and required employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
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Categories: Personnel

16

May

2017

Governor signs AWC priority public records bills

The Legislature passed HB 1594 and HB 1595 when the House voted to concur on the changes made by the Senate. The House concurrence vote for both bills was a strong bipartisan showing of 80-18.

10

May

2017

Special session update – Where are legislators?

Legislators have now been in session for 122 days – 17 of those in overtime.

8

May

2017

Small cell deployment update

As reported in previous Bulletins, discussions continue about small cell facility permitting, pole attachment rates, costs to attach to city-owned structures, and the need for more rural broadband.

8

May

2017

Senate hearing on revenue bill

Last week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee took testimony on SB 5929, a companion revenue proposal to HB 2186 heard a few weeks ago.
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