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Published on Friday, February 22, 2013

Upending annexation statutes

As introduced and passed from the Senate Governmental Operations Committee, SB 5013 would alter every form of annexation to require approval by voters in the annexation area. AWC opposes this legislation and has been working with its prime sponsor, Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver) to help him understand our concerns. In turn, Sen. Benton has been working on amendments to address some of these concerns and will be sharing them soon for our review and comment before the bill comes to the Senate floor for consideration. As more information becomes available, we'll share that with cities. For questions or more information, please contact Dave Williams or Dave Catterson.