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

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Dec

2017

Liquor and Cannabis Board releases marijuana home grow report

As directed by the Legislature, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) studied and reported on the possibility of legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana plant possession, also known as “home grow.”
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Categories: Marijuana

15

Dec

2017

PERS/TRS 1 COLA recommended by the Select Committee on Pension Policy

The Select Committee on Pension Policy met on December 12 and voted to recommend a Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) for members of the Teachers’ Retirement System Plan 1 (TRS 1) and Public Employees’ Retirement System Plan 1 (PERS 1).
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking begins this month

This past legislative session saw the creation of a new employee benefit system, the Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML).
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

Joint Transportation Committee hears assessment on Transportation Commission

The 2017 transportation budget included a proviso directing the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to conduct an assessment of the roles and responsibilities of the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC).

15

Dec

2017

AWC works to develop its economic development priority

In their September 29 board meeting, the AWC Board of Directors added economic development to their list of 2018 legislative priorities.

15

Dec

2017

Governor releases 2018 supplemental budget proposal

On December 14, Governor Inslee released his proposed supplemental budget to the adopted FY 2017-2019 budget.

15

Dec

2017

Apportionment workgroup

On December 12 a task force of city and business representatives met to review the two-factor apportionment formula for service-income for local B&O taxes.

15

Dec

2017

Business license workgroup

The city workgroup developing the city business license model threshold under EHB 2005 met again on December 7 to continue its work to develop a model threshold that all cities with business licenses will be required to adopt by January 1, 2019.

17

Nov

2017

Public records performance metrics in HB 1594 – JLARC guidance now available for data reporting by July 2018

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests.

13

Nov

2017

Control of the state Senate shifts – How might it impact cities?

Following a special election in the Seattle suburbs last week, Senate Democrats regained the majority by one vote after five years of Republican control.

13

Nov

2017

Workgroup reviewing Washington’s civil asset forfeiture laws

Leaders in the House Democratic and Republican caucuses have initiated an informal workgroup to review the state’s laws on civil asset forfeiture.

13

Nov

2017

Capital budget remains locked up

Unfortunately, we do not have promising news to report on the capital budget front.

13

Nov

2017

Public records performance metrics in HB 1594 – Guidance expected soon

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests.

13

Nov

2017

Business license workgroup

The city workgroup developing the city business license model threshold required to be completed by July 1, 2018 under EHB 2005 has continued to meet.

13

Nov

2017

Business license portal participation

EHB 2005 requires all cities with business licenses to partner with either the state’s online business license service for business license administration by 2027 or the city-operated FileLocal system for local tax and license administration by 2020.
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