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

17

Apr

2015

House Finance Committee hears city and county fiscal sustainability bill

On Friday, April 17, the House Finance Committee heard a proposed substitute version of HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties.

10

Apr

2015

AWC priority liquor bill gets hearing

One of AWC’s top priorities for this legislative session is to restore the growth in city and county liquor profits.

3

Apr

2015

House, Senate consider budget proposals – shared revenue and the Public Works Trust Fund at risk

The House and Senate have each released, heard, and debated their own budgets.

3

Apr

2015

Washington State Marketplace Fairness Act

In an unexpected move, some Washington lawmakers have decided not to wait for Congress to act on legislation that would allow the state to collect sales tax from out-of-state-retailers.

1

Apr

2015

Senate Republicans release operating budget proposal

Last week, the House Democrats released their 2015-17 state operating budget.

30

Mar

2015

State budget update

As expected, the House Democrats released their 2015-17 state operating budget on Friday, March 27.

2

Mar

2015

What’s up with the state budget?

We’re nearing the half way mark of the 2015 legislative session, and last week a number of Senators introduced 22 title-only bills related to the biennial budget discussion (Senate ill numbers 6049-6070).

2

Mar

2015

Update on bills impacting state audits

This session, we’ve been writing about three bills related to the State Auditor’s Office.

2

Mar

2015

Lodging tax reporting due March 15

The 2013 legislation that maintained most uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, requires cities and counties with a lodging tax to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) instead of the Department of Commerce.

23

Feb

2015

Establishing an appeals process for state audits

This morning, the House General Government & Information Technology Committee heard HB 2148, allowing for audits to be conducted by a private entity and establishing an appeal process.

23

Feb

2015

State audits of local government data storage and management

HB 1008 authorizes audits of state and local government data storage and management practices.

23

Feb

2015

Other budget & finance bills – where are they now?

Today marks the start of the 7th week of session, and last Friday was the deadline for bills to move from policy committees.

13

Feb

2015

Public safety sales tax distribution

SB 5866 would allow a county to retain all of the public safety sales tax if it begins imposing the tax after July 1, 2015.

13

Feb

2015

Imposing fines and withholding taxes to local jurisdictions not filing annual financial reports

Last month, the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) issued a special report about local governments that do not file their annual financial reports.

6

Feb

2015

REET flexibility bill gets hearing

HB 1789, sponsored by Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), is being heard on Tuesday, February 10 at 10 am in the House Local Government Committee.
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