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

7

Jun

2017

New, stronger distracted driving bill goes into effect on July 23

A new law targeting distracted driving goes into effect on July 23, 2017.

2

Jun

2017

Be on the lookout for your call to action

AWC needs your help so we can continue to help keep your cities strong.

2

Jun

2017

Internet sales – city impacts of State Marketplace Fairness Act

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of the Marketplace Fairness Act requiring sales tax collections or reporting of customers for use taxes by internet retailers.

2

Jun

2017

Property tax bill expected to be in play in budget negotiations

AWC priority bill HB 1764, would change the annual property tax limit from one percent to a limit linked to inflation and population growth.

2

Jun

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions

One of the issues that remains part of the budget negotiations is a change to the distribution formula for Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions in the Senate-proposed budget.

2

Jun

2017

Legislature still struggling to find fixes for water management issues

Discussions are continuing in an attempt to resolve the chaos created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as “Hirst” and “Foster.”

2

Jun

2017

Public records bill allows executive sessions for sensitive information technology discussions

Rep. Hudgins’ bill, HB 1417, expands the use of local government executive sessions to include discussing information technology (IT) issues.

2

Jun

2017

Homelessness and housing bills are still in play

The bills related to our housing and homelessness priority have been bottled-up for what seems like an eternity at this point.

2

Jun

2017

AWC submits response letter in state agency’s paid sick leave rulemaking process

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has been creating rules to enforce the paid sick leave requirements of Initiative 1433.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Jun

2017

Liquor and Cannabis Board issues decision on Kittitas County marijuana zoning question

On May 23, the Liquor and Cannabis Board issued a declaratory order on Kittitas County’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
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Categories: Marijuana

2

Jun

2017

Possible LEOFF 2 contribution shift would hurt cities

The Senate’s proposal to eliminate the state portion of the LEOFF 2 pension contribution is still in play in budget negotiations.

2

Jun

2017

Local infrastructure funding depends on budget and water negotiations

The final resolution to our infrastructure priority probably will not be resolved until the very end of session.

2

Jun

2017

REAL ID makes it past the finish line, Governor signs bill

Legislation to move Washington State closer to compliance with federal REAL ID laws was signed by Governor Inslee on May 16.

30

May

2017

What does it mean for cities if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30?

In 2015, the state faced similar budget gridlock and made a contingency plan for what would happen if a budget was not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1.

24

May

2017

Don’t use city funds to fill state budget gaps

Statement from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) in response to a second special legislative session
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