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

12

Jul

2017

Capital budget stalemate intensifies

Governor Inslee vetoed a tax cut for manufacturing businesses in the Legislature's budget deal, and with that, a new threat has emerged to the passage of the state's capital budget.

7

Jul

2017

Legislature still not finished as AWC begins work identifying priorities for the 2018 session

The state’s operating, transportation and supplemental budgets have been adopted and signed by the Governor, but legislators have yet to adjourn while still in their third special session, ending July 20.

7

Jul

2017

Capital budget fate still unclear and linked to water rights fight

Legislators continue to try to find consensus on a controversial water rights fight holding up the adoption of the state's capital budget.

7

Jul

2017

LEOFF 2 state contribution maintained in the 2017-19 budget but other LEOFF 2 changes made

The newly-passed 2017-19 biennial budget maintains the state commitment to funding their 20% share of the LEOFF 2 contributions ($70M in 2018, $73.3M in 2019).
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

Where to get more information on the McCleary education funding agreement

HB 2242 provided the majority of the framework for the McCleary fix that has been the primary issue of the 2017 session.

7

Jul

2017

New budget imposes restrictions on local marijuana revenue

Local government marijuana mitigation revenues were reduced from $30 million to $12 million for cities and counties in the 2017-19 biennium.
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Categories: Marijuana

7

Jul

2017

Tourism marketing effort revived in final hours of budget negotiations

The tourism marketing bill 2SSB 5251, sponsored by Senator Dean Takko (D-Longview), regained momentum as legislators raced to pass an operating budget before July 1.

7

Jul

2017

Property tax bill not addressed in budget negotiations

While the Legislature changed the state property taxes as part of the funding sources for the McCleary “fix” for schools, we were disappointed that the budget proposal did not include a new local option to allow cities or counties to increase property taxes greater than one percent, or any other new “cap.”

7

Jul

2017

Rulemaking continues on new paid sick leave requirement – public hearings set

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 2018.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

Legislature passes new statewide Paid Family & Medical Leave program

As part of the whirlwind activity to pass the operating budget on June 30, the Legislature passed SSB 5975, instituting a new Paid Family & Medical Leave program.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

Long-standing AWC priority marketplace fairness act passes as part of budget revenue package

EHB 2163 passed on the last day of session with several pieces of provisions that cities supported in the previous revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929, including passage of a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

7

Jul

2017

Budget includes boost in public defense grants

The new state budget includes a boost in public defense grants for cities.

30

Jun

2017

Cities fare well in adopted 2017-19 state operating budget

On the final day of the state’s fiscal year, and 175 days after coming to Olympia in January, legislators adopted an operating budget, thus avoiding a state government shutdown.

28

Jun

2017

Sign up for webinar on newly-passed public records laws

Join us on July 17 at 10:30 am for a webinar on new public records laws that will affect your cities.

19

Jun

2017

Agreement reached on new statewide Paid Family and Disability Leave program

The Legislature introduced dueling bills early in the 2017 session to create a funded paid family and disability leave program.
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Categories: Personnel

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