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

14

Aug

2017

Significant developments in personnel and pensions in 2017

This session saw significant changes to the personnel environment with the Legislature passing a new Paid Family & Medical Leave program.

14

Aug

2017

Big issues talked about in public safety & criminal justice

The 2017 session was marked by attempts to tackle some big issues in the public safety and criminal justice arena.

14

Aug

2017

Small cell facilities were a hot topic this session

The wireless and broadband industries advanced legislation (SB 5711 and HB 1921) that contained sweeping preemption of cities’ authority to manage the public rights-of-way, site and permit small cell networks in city neighborhoods, set appropriate timelines and fees, and would have imposed a cost formula for charging for pole attachments.

14

Aug

2017

Unexpected excitement in the transportation world

We expected a relatively quiet year on the transportation front as we headed into the 2017 legislative session.

2

Aug

2017

Seeking nominations for AWC’s legislative City Champion Award!

Did your legislator do great things not only for your city, but for all cities throughout the state?

24

Jul

2017

Third special session ends without passage of a capital budget

After a record-breaking 193 days, legislators adjourned their third special session on July 20 without passing a capital budget.

21

Jul

2017

Capital budget and water deal eludes Legislature

The two remaining issues of the 2017 legislative session are unresolved as legislators were unable to find common ground before the end of the third special session on July 20.

21

Jul

2017

JLARC lodging tax report

On July 19, the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) heard a presentation on the use of lodging taxes by cities and counties in 2016.

21

Jul

2017

Implementation of business license bill

EHB 2005 took effect on July 23, 2017.

21

Jul

2017

Marketplace fairness and streamlined sales tax mitigation estimates updated

EHB 2163 included a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act that takes effect on January 1, 2018.

21

Jul

2017

Webinar on new public records laws now available

Last week AWC joined MRSC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) to host a webinar about the new public records laws.

21

Jul

2017

Budget includes new LEOFF 2 state/employer contribution shift under special circumstances

The state’s newly-passed operating budget includes a new item of interest to LEOFF 2 employers.
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Categories: Personnel

21

Jul

2017

Liquor and Cannabis Board releases 2017 legislative fact sheets

The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) recently released a set of fact sheets on legislation that passed in the 2017 legislative session.
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Categories: Marijuana

21

Jul

2017

Preliminary guidance on new public records reporting requirements

HB 1594 created a new reporting requirement for certain public records data from agencies that meet a $100,000 threshold.

21

Jul

2017

New distracted driving bill now in effect

A new distracted driving law went into effect on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
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