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

8

Sep

2017

New LEOFF 2 contribution change for third party contracts, timeline update from DRS

As we have previously reported, the state’s newly-passed operating budget included a shift in pension contributions when the employer contracts with a non-LEOFF 2 employer for services.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Sep

2017

Road mile usage charge study underway

In 2012, the Washington Legislature directed the Transportation Commission, in conjunction with stakeholders (including a city representative), to conduct an assessment of Road Usage Charging and determine if it is feasible.

8

Sep

2017

AWC participates in housing tools conversation

AWC recently participated in a conversation with Democratic lawmakers and housing, homelessness and faith community advocates to discuss opportunities to provide new tools and resources that address the challenges of homelessness and housing affordability.

8

Sep

2017

Capital budget update

The stalemate continues around the capital budget and the water availability legislation that the Senate is insisting on.

8

Sep

2017

Task forces on business licenses and B&O tax apportionment begin work

The task forces created by EHB 2005 had their first meetings in August.

8

Sep

2017

Rulemaking continues on new I-1433 paid sick leave requirement

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016, raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 2018.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Sep

2017

AGO proposes changes to public records Model Rules, deadline for initial comment September 29

The Washington Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has proposed updated language to the Public Record Act Model Rules.

8

Sep

2017

Register for joint summit on gang prevention and intervention, co-hosted by AWC

AWC is co-hosting a policy summit on gang prevention and intervention with the Governor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, Washington State Association of Counties, and others.

8

Sep

2017

State agency engaging in new rulemaking on occupational lead exposure

The state agency tasked with regulating occupational safety, Labor & Industries (L&I), is engaged in new rulemaking on employee lead exposure.
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Categories: Personnel

22

Aug

2017

Rulemaking continues on new I-1433 paid sick leave requirement – public comment deadline 9/1

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 2018.
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Categories: Personnel

16

Aug

2017

New LEOFF 2 contribution change for third party contracts, new policy under scrutiny

As we have previously reported, the state’s newly-passed operating budget included a shift in pension contributions when the employer contracts with a non-LEOFF 2 employer for services.
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Categories: Personnel

14

Aug

2017

2017 session recap: It took a record-breaking 193 days to finish, there’s still no capital budget, but overall, city issues were mostly addressed

The need for legislators to finally and fully address K-12 funding gaps dwarfed most other issues during the 2017 legislative session.

14

Aug

2017

How to use the 2017 legislative session recap

As usual, this Legislative Bulletin is divided into issue areas (finance, transportation, personnel, and so on). Within each issue area you will find a session overview and a table of bills, which includes AWC priority bills and other bills of interest to cities.

14

Aug

2017

Several city priorities addressed in 2017-19 operating budget & revenue package, including internet sales tax, but disappointing outcome on property tax cap

After two special sessions and a new revenue forecast that did not bring much change, it was a relief when the Legislature enacted a new 2017-19 operating budget that provided state shared revenues historically distributed to cities such as liquor revenues, fire insurance premium tax, and funding for the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC).

14

Aug

2017

Some positive steps forward on the economic development front

Cities made small but significant economic development gains in 2017.
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