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

29

Jan

2018

AWC supports bills that would "codify" revenues for important transportation funding programs

The passage of the Connecting Washington transportation package in 2015 came with additional funding for several programs and agencies that are important to cities including the Transportation Improvement Board, the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian grant program through WSDOT.

29

Jan

2018

Bill would establish Lend Washington program to facilitate local infrastructure investment

On January 25, the Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee held a public hearing on SB 6480 which was introduced at the request of the State Treasurer’s Office.

29

Jan

2018

Paid Family & Medical Leave public meeting on draft rules

The Employment Security Department (ESD) is holding a public meeting on the first draft rules of the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.
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Categories: Personnel

29

Jan

2018

Resolution on capital budget and water issues finally happens

Before we let too much time pass in the crunch of the session, AWC would like to note a very significant set of accomplishments for cities that occurred on January 18.

29

Jan

2018

City officials express their support for local infrastructure financing bill

Sen. Sharon Brown’s (R-Kennewick) Building Business Ecosystems (BBE) Act, SB 6499, received a public hearing on Thursday, January 25 where city officials, port representatives and labor representatives were on hand to provide supportive testimony.

29

Jan

2018

Dueling Lyft and Uber bills make first public appearance in 2018

Separate bills that would set up a regulatory system for Transportation Network Companies (such as Uber and Lyft) have made their debut in the 2018 Legislature.

29

Jan

2018

Housing and homelessness bill updates

There is progress to report on several bills that fall under housing, homelessness and human services.
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Categories: Housing

29

Jan

2018

Ways & Means to hear local housing option to exempt property tax

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has scheduled 2SSB 5182 for a public hearing on Monday, January 29 at 3:30 pm.

22

Jan

2018

Legislators need to hear from you!

Whether in Olympia or at home this week, let your legislators hear city voices.

22

Jan

2018

Both chambers have heard and are considering expansion of wrongful death liability proposals

The Senate Committee on Law & Justice heard SB 6015, and is scheduled for executive session on Thursday, January 25 at 10 am.
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Categories: Personnel

22

Jan

2018

Legislature takes action on capital budget, funds Public Works Trust Fund

On January 18, the Legislature took action on a critical piece of holdover legislation from the 2017 session – the capital budget!

22

Jan

2018

Senate passes substitute version of Voting Rights Act bill; House considering its own substitute

The Senate passed ESSB 6002 on Friday, two weeks into session.

20

Jan

2018

Affordable housing and homelessness bills on the move

A number of affordable housing and homelessness bills of importance to cities continue to move through the process.

20

Jan

2018

Bill would authorize fees to cover long-range planning

HB 2599, sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) would authorize local governments to collect reasonable fees from an applicant for a permit or other governmental approval to cover the cost of long-range planning.

20

Jan

2018

Annexation bill of concern to get hearing in House committee

HB 2789 would make modifications and additions to current annexation law that would create significant new barriers to using annexation methods that have been in place for decades.
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