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

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Oct

2016

Gearing up for a game-changing 2017 legislative session

With slightly more than a month remaining until election day, AWC has been working to help cities engage with legislators and candidates running for several key statewide positions set to be sworn in when the 2017 session starts on January 9.

22

Jul

2016

Getting ready to discuss 2017 legislative priorities

AWC’s newly appointed 47-member Legislative Priorities Committee is scheduled to meet August 11 in SeaTac to consider and discuss what issues should constitute AWC’s priorities for the likely long and grueling 2017 legislative session.

22

Jul

2016

AWC to host dual event 9/13 in Renton – Statewide Candidate Forum & Mayors Exchange

We have booked the Renton Pavilion Event Center all day on September 13, with the first half dedicated to hearing from Gubernatorial and other select statewide office seekers, and the afternoon for a Mayors Exchange.

17

Jun

2016

Preparations for the 2017 legislative session

Even as summer arrives, there is more going on in preparation for the start of the 2017 legislative session on January 10 than you might think.

23

May

2016

Questions about cities posed to all legislative candidates

As AWC did two years ago during elections for the State Legislature, we’re asking each of the 301 candidates who have filed to run for the Legislature to answer five key questions about keeping cities strong.

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Apr

2016

2016 session recap: Several disappointments for cities, the Governor’s vetoes help, and trouble on the horizon for 2017

The state and local governments used to work together to solve problems.

18

Apr

2016

AWC state budget update

On Monday, April 18 the Governor took action on the supplemental operating budget passed by the Legislature on March 29.

4

Apr

2016

2016 legislative session ends

Nineteen days past their scheduled 60 days, the Legislature concluded the 2016 session on Wednesday, March 29, after passing supplemental budgets that again drained some important city resources.

28

Mar

2016

Legislators may finally wrap up their overtime work

Budget writers and legislative leaders from each caucus are close to a budget agreement and may announce details as early as this afternoon.

21

Mar

2016

Clock ticking for legislators to wrap up work and not damage city interests

House and Senate budget negotiators continue discussions behind closed doors and may or may not have something for all legislators to consider by week’s end.

14

Mar

2016

In legislative overtime, budget writers look again to divert important city revenues

Legislators failed to reach agreement on supplemental operating and capital budgets during their 60-day regular session.

4

Mar

2016

Join AWC leaders today in asking legislators to fully fund city priorities!

As both sides of the Capitol rotunda face a March 10 deadline to negotiate supplemental operating, capital, and transportation budgets, AWC leadership from both sides of the state asked them to address key city fiscal needs.

29

Feb

2016

City priorities caught or ignored in Senate/House budget showdown

House Democrats passed a budget late last week that doesn’t damage city interests, but in order to preserve city priorities and address their priorities, it relies on a mixture of using reserves and closing some tax exemptions.

19

Feb

2016

Legislative session homestretch: Which city issues are still alive?

Slated to end on March 10, we’re more than halfway through session, and most policy bills of concern to cities have stopped moving and only a few of our priorities remain in play – barely.

12

Feb

2016

Threading through what looks like partisan bickering

If you’ve followed Olympia happenings this past week, it seems like legislators aren’t getting along with one another, and several are not getting along with the Governor.
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