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

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Feb

2018

City issues and issues of concern at the halfway point

We are halfway through the legislative session and past an important legislative cutoff deadline.

2

Feb

2018

Voting Rights Act bill scheduled for committee action on Wednesday

SB 6002 is scheduled for action by the House State Government, Elections & IT Committee at 8 am on Wednesday, February 7.

2

Feb

2018

Bill changes how law enforcement may seize property in civil asset forfeiture cases

Bill changes how law enforcement may seize property in civil asset forfeiture cases.

2

Feb

2018

Bill that encourages disclosure of sexual harassment in the workplace passes out of committee

A bill by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), SB 5996, proposes some changes to how sexual harassment gets handled in the workplace.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Feb

2018

Bill giving cities greater flexibility with sales tax and levy lid lifts in House Rules Committee

HB 2006 passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on January 24 and is waiting on further action by the House Rules committee.

2

Feb

2018

Bill to create study on state and local property taxes heard

SB 6382 would create a 14-member legislative task force to study state and local property taxes.

2

Feb

2018

Bill would set disclosure requirements for utility bills

SB 6587 would require cities to disclose on utility bills an “itemized listing of all rates and charges, including the amount of state and local taxes collected and paid by the city or town, and whether taxes are collected on behalf of other political subdivisions.”

2

Feb

2018

First responder occupational disease bills pass out of committee

HB 2633 and it companion SB 6213 expand presumptive occupational disease coverage to fire investigators.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Feb

2018

AWC-supported body worn cameras bill passes out of committee

SB 6408 concerns law enforcement body worn cameras, including policies related to their use and disclosure exemptions under the Public Records Act.

2

Feb

2018

Local Records Grant Program accepting applications until February 28

Cities can now apply online for the Washington State Archives Local Records Grant Program.

2

Feb

2018

Public defense funding bill has passed first hurdle

HB 2687 passed out of House Judiciary Committee before the cutoff on February 2.

2

Feb

2018

Bill limiting city authority to ban marijuana businesses passes out of committee

HB 2336 limits a city’s ability to prohibit the production, processing and sale of marijuana in their community by requiring any such prohibition to only be enacted by a public vote.
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Categories: Marijuana

2

Feb

2018

Mandatory minimum density bill appears to die

We may have dodged a bullet when the Senate Local Government Committee concluded action on February 1 without taking up SB 6077, which would have required a minimum density of six units per acre in all residential zones within cities and Urban Growth Areas.

2

Feb

2018

Prescription drug take-back bill poised for action in the House

A major milestone may be close at hand for the long-running effort to start a producer-funded medication take back program in the state.

2

Feb

2018

Bills to provide funding for mental health first responders pass out of committee

SB 5970 and HB 2892 propose grant programs for local law enforcement agencies to develop and operate mental health field response teams.
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