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

16

Feb

2018

Ride share bill fails to advance after crucial cutoff

The last of the rideshare bills (Uber, Lyft, etc.) failed to advance before the crucial February 14 cutoff deadline when bills needed to move out of their houses of origin.

16

Feb

2018

Bill addressing state route population threshold requirements on the move

A bill addressing the population threshold of state route maintenance responsibilities passed out of the House on February 13, with overwhelming support.

16

Feb

2018

New funding source for small airport infrastructure

HB 1656, Rep. Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake), creates a new revolving loan program to support infrastructure improvements at small public airports.

9

Feb

2018

State approved for $112.7 million in VW lawsuit

The State of Washington has been approved to receive $112.7 million from the Volkswagen lawsuit.

9

Feb

2018

House and Senate pass bills addressing Sound Transit 3 costs

SB 5955 and HB 2201, Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue) and Rep. Mike Pellicciotti (D-Federal Way), seek to address the rising car tab fees faced by drivers in the Puget Sound region after the passage of Sound Transit 3 (ST3).

9

Feb

2018

Only one rideshare bill survives cutoff

Of the four transportation network company (rideshare) bills, two in the House and two in the Senate, only one has survived cutoff and continues to move.

2

Feb

2018

Bill would increase population threshold for enhanced state route maintenance responsibilities

Companion bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that would increase the population threshold for cities required to take on increased state route maintenance responsibilities.

2

Feb

2018

Bill seeks to address disposal costs of abandoned recreational vehicles on public property

SB 6437/HB 2925, Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima)/Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma), would set up a program within the Department of Licensing that would provide financial assistance to tow-truck operators in situations where they recover abandoned recreational vehicles on public property.

29

Jan

2018

AWC supports bills that would "codify" revenues for important transportation funding programs

The passage of the Connecting Washington transportation package in 2015 came with additional funding for several programs and agencies that are important to cities including the Transportation Improvement Board, the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian grant program through WSDOT.

29

Jan

2018

Dueling Lyft and Uber bills make first public appearance in 2018

Separate bills that would set up a regulatory system for Transportation Network Companies (such as Uber and Lyft) have made their debut in the 2018 Legislature.

20

Jan

2018

Bill would require cities to develop ADA on-street parking plans

HB 2729, Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland), would require cities to prepare a plan to address the phase-in of retrofitting streets with accessible on-street parking spaces for individuals with a physical disability.

20

Jan

2018

Cities support bill that would allow greater certainty in selling off-street parking

HB 2292, Rep. Monica Stonier (D-Vancouver), would grant a city legislative authority to sell, transfer, exchange, lease or otherwise dispose of real property obtained for off-street parking.

12

Jan

2018

Bill requires railroads to give notice to communities when planning actions

HB 2548, Rep. Dick Muri (R-Steilacoom), would require railroads to notify a community of a “planned action” when that action will have a “significant impact” on a community.

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).

13

Nov

2017

Innovations and Partnerships in Transportation Conference is December 5 in Tacoma

The Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting its Innovations and Partnerships in Transportation Conference on Tuesday, December 5, in Tacoma.
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