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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

Military land use compatibility bill hits snag in House, moves in Senate

There was a strange explosion of concern with the military land use compatibility bill over the weekend of January 27.

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Feb

2018

Senate local option levy lid lift exemption bill moves

Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) sponsored SB 6314 which allows cities the option to extend the state’s property tax exemption to local property tax levy lid lifts.

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Feb

2018

Housing, homelessness and behavioral health bill status updates

It has been an eventful week in the human services and housing arena.

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Feb

2018

Both wrongful death bills expanding city tort liability pass out of committee

SB 6015 and its companion, HB 2262, have passed out of their policy committees ahead of the committee cutoff deadline on Feb. 2.
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Categories: Personnel

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Feb

2018

Bill would increase population threshold for enhanced state route maintenance responsibilities

Companion bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that would increase the population threshold for cities required to take on increased state route maintenance responsibilities.

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Feb

2018

Bill seeking to incentivize commercial office space development on the move

HB 2981, Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma), saw swift action on February 1 in the House Local Government Committee when it received both a public hearing and was voted out of committee.

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Feb

2018

Bill seeks to address disposal costs of abandoned recreational vehicles on public property

SB 6437/HB 2925, Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima)/Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma), would set up a program within the Department of Licensing that would provide financial assistance to tow-truck operators in situations where they recover abandoned recreational vehicles on public property.

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Jan

2018

What city officials heard in Olympia

During gatherings both on and off the Capitol Campus, officials from 120 cities and towns heard legislators, administration officials, and representatives of key interest groups share their perspectives on key issues and AWC’s legislative priorities.

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Jan

2018

Senate’s Voting Rights Act bill being considered in House committee

SB 6002 was heard in the House State Government, Elections & IT Committee last Friday.

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Jan

2018

House proposes state B&O tax reform for small businesses

HB 2940 is meant to level the playing field for small businesses for state business and occupation (B&O) taxes.

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Jan

2018

Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct has hearing in the Senate

Prosecutors have a duty to disclose to defense counsel evidence that tends to show that the defendant is not guilty.

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Jan

2018

Bills address definition of veteran when determining eligibility for plan membership

SB 6377, Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Ellensburg) and HB 2701, Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-Kent) amend the definition of veteran for purposes of pension service credit.
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Categories: Personnel

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Jan

2018

Bill would allow for sewer extensions in rural areas for economic development

SB 6516 specifies that cities may extend storm and sanitary sewer systems in rural areas for allowed uses or in those limited circumstances, to protect basic public health and safety, protect the environment, or encourage economic development by designing and sizing the sewer line so that it may serve only particular structures and not intervening lands.

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Jan

2018

Hearings scheduled for bills to provide funding for mental health and law enforcement co-response programs

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

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Jan

2018

AWC-supported body cameras bill has a hearing this week

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