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

20

Jan

2018

Bill would authorize fees to cover long-range planning

HB 2599, sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) would authorize local governments to collect reasonable fees from an applicant for a permit or other governmental approval to cover the cost of long-range planning.

20

Jan

2018

Annexation bill of concern to get hearing in House committee

HB 2789 would make modifications and additions to current annexation law that would create significant new barriers to using annexation methods that have been in place for decades.

20

Jan

2018

Companion bills that would simplify island annexations up for hearing this week

Identical bills, commonly referred to as “companions” have been introduced in the House and Senate and both will get a public hearing next week.

12

Jan

2018

Extending and amending transit-oriented SEPA tool

HB 1740 sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) would extend an expiring tool that promotes development around transit stations.

5

Jan

2018

Governor’s proposed water bill scheduled for Senate hearing

Following a December work session on a very similar bill, the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday January 8 on a proposal developed by Governor Inslee’s office to resolve the months-long standoff created by fallout from the Hirst and Foster water resources court cases.

5

Jan

2018

Military land use compatibility proposal returns

Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way) has introduced an updated version of her military land use compatibility bill (HB 2341).

6

Oct

2017

Ecology seeking input on municipal stormwater permits

The Department of Ecology is asking for feedback to help guide their process for reissuing the next round of municipal stormwater permits.

11

Sep

2017

AWC will be active participant in Ruckelhaus Center’s Roadmap to the Future

As we have previously reported, the Legislature provided funding to the Ruckelshaus Center for their “Roadmap to the Future” project.

14

Aug

2017

School siting, buildable lands and GMA review addressed during 2017 session

It was a quietly significant legislative session on land use and growth management issues.

21

Jul

2017

Capital budget and water deal eludes Legislature

The two remaining issues of the 2017 legislative session are unresolved as legislators were unable to find common ground before the end of the third special session on July 20.

12

Jul

2017

Capital budget stalemate intensifies

Governor Inslee vetoed a tax cut for manufacturing businesses in the Legislature's budget deal, and with that, a new threat has emerged to the passage of the state's capital budget.

16

Jun

2017

New water bill creates unfunded mandates and legal risks for cities

AWC is working this session to resolve the challenges created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as Hirst and Foster.

16

Jun

2017

AWC expresses concerns with new MTCA bill

The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on SB 5943 on June 14.

2

Jun

2017

Legislature still struggling to find fixes for water management issues

Discussions are continuing in an attempt to resolve the chaos created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as “Hirst” and “Foster.”

24

Mar

2017

School siting conversation reaches the Senate

HB 1017 passed just before the cutoff for bills to move from the House.
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