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

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

Checking in on electric utility bills

At the halfway point of this short legislative session, several bills focused on renewable energy planning and production by electric utilities did not pass out of their respective chambers.

16

Feb

2018

New building code requirements for areas prone to wildfire

As demonstrated by recent wildfires in California, Oregon, and here in Washington, wildland fires have the potential to devastate neighborhoods located in the “wildland-urban interface.”

16

Feb

2018

Bill to expand multifamily property tax exemptions moves to House

SSB 6347, Sen. Keith Wagoner (R-Sedro-Woolley), would expand a property tax exemption program for developers who build multifamily housing in urban centers.

16

Feb

2018

Pilot program to help cities control the spread of apple maggots

Apple maggots are a serious threat to Washington’s apple industry.

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.

16

Feb

2018

Bill seeks to reduce environmental impacts of firefighting foam

SB 6413, Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), would ban the manufacture and sale of firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS).

16

Feb

2018

2018 Supplemental budgets and revenue

On Thursday, February 15, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council provided some great news for the budget writers.

16

Feb

2018

Housing, homelessness, and human services update after cutoff

One of the major cutoffs in the legislative calendar happened on February 14.

16

Feb

2018

Opioid use disorder prevention and treatment

Communities and individuals suffering from the opioid epidemic may find some relief thanks to HB 2489.

14

Feb

2018

AWC & partners’ infrastructure report gains traction

Last year, AWC partnered with the Association of Washington Business (AWB), the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC), and the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) to issue a comprehensive report about Washington State’s infrastructure needs and the importance of investment to grow a strong economy.

12

Feb

2018

The time is right to remind legislators that new policy initiatives have local costs

Legislators consider and make policy choices – that’s a significant part of their jobs.

12

Feb

2018

Bills to simplify annexation of "islands" move forward, with some changes

Companion bills SB 6312, Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia), and HB 2665, Rep. Nicole Macri (D-Seattle), would simplify the annexations of county "islands” within city limits.

12

Feb

2018

City priority House Bill 1570 passes major milestone

After the longest bill debate of the session and once the dust settled, the state took a step forward in supporting individuals suffering from homelessness.
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Categories: Housing

9

Feb

2018

Bill requiring cities to itemize taxes on utility bills moves to rules

Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) introduced SB 6587 late last week.
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