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Published on Friday, March 3, 2017

Bill would require cities to provide relocation assistance on projects

SB 5049 would remove a city’s ability to opt out of providing relocation assistance in certain circumstances. Under current Washington law, a local government may opt out of providing relocation assistance on projects that do not have federal monies attached. Federal law requires that relocation assistance be provided if any federal monies are used. Relocation assistance generally addresses the costs incurred by a property owner moving a residence, business, farm, or other personal property when that property is acquired for public use.

SB 5049 passed out of the Senate unanimously and has been scheduled for public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on March 9.