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

24

Mar

2017

Business license bills keep moving

EHB 2005 moved out of the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee last week with a few amendments that AWC generally supported.

24

Mar

2017

Tax exemption bills

HB 1894, which would reinstate tax preferences for certain high-technology research and development, is scheduled for hearing in the House Finance Committee on Thursday, March 30 at 8 am.

24

Mar

2017

Law enforcement academy gets funding increase in Senate’s proposed budget

The Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) received an increase of $3.4 million for 2017-19 in the Senate’s proposed budget.

24

Mar

2017

The Senate proposes large pension cost increases for employers of firefighters and police officers

Released last Wednesday, the Senate budget, SB 5048, proposed eliminating the long-standing state contribution to the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) pension system and requiring the employer to make up the difference.
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Categories: Personnel

24

Mar

2017

Multiple changes proposed to the state’s criminal justice system

SB 5904 proposes numerous changes to how the state’s criminal justice system functions.

24

Mar

2017

School siting conversation reaches the Senate

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

24

Mar

2017

Spotlight on Sound Transit vehicle taxes leads to a slew of new bills

In light of recent headlines outlining how Sound Transit calculated the value of vehicles subject to a Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET) to pay for the Sound Transit 3 package (ST3), legislators have introduced a slew of bills to address the issue

24

Mar

2017

Senate releases transportation budget

On March 20, the Senate released their proposed transportation budget for the 2017-19 biennium.

17

Mar

2017

Senate budget impact on cities coming mid-week, so get ready!

We’re about to know how the Senate budget writers view longstanding partnerships with cities.

17

Mar

2017

New state revenue forecast positive

Last week, the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released its quarterly revenue forecast.

17

Mar

2017

Changes pushed on how courts handle informant testimony

SB 5038 would change how prosecutors handle testimony from informants during court proceedings. 

17

Mar

2017

Good hearing in Senate on public records priority bills

AWC’s priority public records bills HB 1594 & HB 1595 were heard in the Senate State Government Committee last week.

17

Mar

2017

Small city mayors show their support for the Public Works Trust Fund

With the Legislature poised to release budget proposals in the coming weeks, now is a critical time to remind legislators of the importance of the Public Works Trust Fund, especially for smaller communities.

17

Mar

2017

Bill addressing meth contaminated property gets traction in Senate

HB 1757 would help cities and the Department of Health (DOH) respond to hotels and motels contaminated with illegal drugs.

17

Mar

2017

Costly bill allowing stress-related occupational diseases for police and firefighters set for hearing in the Senate

HB 1655 would exempt police officers and firefighters from current prohibitions against claiming stress-related mental conditions as occupational diseases.
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Categories: Personnel

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