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

20

Jan

2018

Bill on body worn cameras introduced last week

Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) has introduced a bill concerning the use of law enforcement body worn cameras, SB 6408.

20

Jan

2018

Companion bills that would simplify island annexations up for hearing this week

Identical bills, commonly referred to as “companions” have been introduced in the House and Senate and both will get a public hearing next week.

20

Jan

2018

Two marijuana bills that impact cities have hearing

Two bills with differing impacts on cities have hearings scheduled for Monday, January 22 at 1:30 pm in the House Commerce & Gamming Committee.
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Categories: Marijuana

20

Jan

2018

Bill would require cities to develop ADA on-street parking plans

HB 2729, Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland), would require cities to prepare a plan to address the phase-in of retrofitting streets with accessible on-street parking spaces for individuals with a physical disability.

20

Jan

2018

Hearing scheduled for public defense funding bill

AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties have partnered to introduce a bill that puts the responsibility of public defense funding back on the state.

20

Jan

2018

Cities support bill that would allow greater certainty in selling off-street parking

HB 2292, Rep. Monica Stonier (D-Vancouver), would grant a city legislative authority to sell, transfer, exchange, lease or otherwise dispose of real property obtained for off-street parking.

20

Jan

2018

Bill would align LIFT program with LRF

SB 6177, Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), would allow local governments that have been awarded Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) funds to carry the funds forward for use in later years.

20

Jan

2018

Cities support revived tourism bill

SB 5251, Sen. Dean Takko (D-Kelso), has been reintroduced after failing to pass in 2017.

20

Jan

2018

Local Records Grant Program now accepting applications

Cities can now apply online for the Washington State Archives Local Records Grant Program.

20

Jan

2018

Senate Ways & Means to hear three bills on PERS 1 COLA increases

The three major bills that would create a Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) for TRS 1 and PERS 1 retirees will be heard this week.
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Categories: Personnel

15

Jan

2018

Short Session – Little time to solve big issues

The opening week of this “short” legislative session began with the new Senate Democratic majority getting settled and the Governor delivering his annual State-of-the-State address where he outlined his priorities.

15

Jan

2018

Voting Rights Act bills heard – Senate committee passes a substitute bill

Both the House and Senate heard bills during the first week of session that could change whether your city council elections take place citywide or are divided by voting district.

15

Jan

2018

AWC supports bill aimed at improving participation by minority and women-owned businesses in public works contracts

The primary aim of HB 1897 is to improve participation by minority and women-owned and controlled businesses in public works contracts.

12

Jan

2018

Two bills related to small cells to get hearings this week

The Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 5935 at 10 am on Thursday, January 18.

12

Jan

2018

Bills to address the opioid crisis set for hearing

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have both introduced a package of legislation attempting to deal with the opioid crisis.
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