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Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

Little change for cities this session, get involved in future work

Last Friday’s Bulletin was distributed within hours of legislators finishing their work this session. The bottom line was that little was accomplished that helps, or hurts, cities and towns. When next you see or hear from your local legislators, you might consider asking them what help or support they provided to cities this past session. 

Today’s Bulletin provides some more details on key bills that did or didn’t make it through the final days. A more complete description on these bills and how actions this year might predict the political landscape next session, will be available mid-April in our traditional Final Bulletin. The delay is caused by our wait to see what the Governor decides he will indeed sign into law. 

Thanks again to those who’ve followed and cared about one or more of the issues AWC covered and reported on this session. We’ll soon be asking you for ideas on what to focus on next year. This process starts over the spring when a Committee will form to review and recommend updates to our Statement of Policy. Any changes will be brought before cities gathered at our Annual Conference June 17-20 in Spokane. We’ll also issue a general call for suggestions to amend the Statement of Policy prior to the Conference.  

Once the Statement of Policy is affirmed or updated during the Conference, the next step will be for the AWC President to appoint a Legislative Committee that will spend time during the summer and fall fine-tuning and prioritizing those issues it deems most important. If interested in being considered to serve on this Committee, please let me know. The Committee will make recommendations to the AWC Board of Directors in September and action will be taken to identify priorities to discuss with cities during regional and other meetings throughout the fall. Following that input, the AWC Board will finalize priorities during its meeting in late fall.

More information will be forthcoming on how this process works and how you can be involved. Right now, AWC is accepting applications from elected officials to be on our Board of Directors –- the group that makes the call on what our legislative priorities, advocacy positions and strategy will be. All the details on eligibility requirements and the application process are on our webpage. Applications are due April 1.