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Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The election dust has almost settled and the Legislature saw a sea of change in both the Senate and the House.

There will be nine or ten new senators and 18 or more new House members. We knew that among others, Senators Brown, Zarelli, Prentice, Pridemore, Regala, and Kastama, and Representative Eddy, had chosen not to run for re-election. A second wave of change occurred on Tuesday with the defeat of Senate Transportation Chair Haugen; former ranking Senator Swecker; ranking House Transportation Republican Mike Armstrong; and first-term legislator (former Milton Mayor) Katrina Asay. As we move forward to the next legislative session, we look forward to getting to know and working with all of the newly-elected legislators.

Now that Congressman Jay Inslee has been declared the winner of the gubernatorial race, he has hit the ground running and is forming a transition team. AWC is ready to offer our assistance in any way possible. We are also inviting the Governor-elect Inslee and legislative leadership to share their priorities and discuss city priorities at our Mayors Exchange, Dec. 5 in Lacey.

AWC’s leadership recently joined their county counterparts to meet with Governor Gregoire for a discussion of our collective 2013 budget priorities. The Governor’s final budget, submitted at year’s end, can be used or not by her successor as the foundation for his budget. The challenges facing the governor-elect and the Legislature are daunting, and the potential impacts on revenues shared with cities and infrastructure funds are of great concern. More

AWC has just completed a tour of the state with twelve Regional Meetings during which we shared and discussed our emerging priorities for the upcoming session, and also highlights of a CityTrends Report. Thanks to all those who attended and for those who couldn’t, here’s a link to materials shared during our meetings.

Your Legislative Committee meets November 15 to sort through and take a position on the dozens of legislative issues that subcommittee members have evaluated and ranked. During the meeting, they’ll also hear from several legislators about key budget and policy issues impacting cities. Our legislative agenda will be finalized when the AWC Board meets December 7 to consider the Legislative Committee’s recommendations. Be on the lookout Thanksgiving week for a description of these issues and recommended positions.

Among the ballot issues decided on Election Day, we’re working to help you understand what is ahead when I-502, the marijuana legalization initiative, takes effect December 6. Together with the counties association, we’re holding a free webinar November 27 to provide information and answer questions. Look here for more information on this issue.

Finally I want to thank AWC’s Ashley Probart (ashleyp@awcnet.org) who will be leaving us on November 16 after a dozen years of exemplary service tirelessly advocating for cities in the areas of transportation, economic development and infrastructure. He was recruited for and chosen to be the Deputy Director at the state’s Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board where he’ll continue to help communities. While sad to have him depart, please join me in wishing him the best! We hope to fill his position quickly and encourage you to share the job description with qualified candidates. More