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

7

Jan

2018

2018 session likely to be brief and concise – Cities hope for help to prosper and care for those less fortunate

The 60-day 2018 legislative session is here. Over the coming weeks, legislators and Governor Inslee will consider, debate, and ultimately decide how to help manage and invest in our collective future.

5

Jan

2018

Hearings on Governor’s proposed state budget

The Governor’s operating budget proposal is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee on January 8 and by the Senate Ways and Means Committee on January 9.

5

Jan

2018

Bill limiting city authority to ban marijuana businesses has early hearing

HB 2336, cosponsored by Rep. Sawyer (D-Parkland) and Rep. Condotta (R-Wenatchee), limits cities’ ability to prohibit the production, processing and sale of marijuana in their communities by requiring any such prohibition to only be enacted by a public vote.
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Categories: Marijuana

5

Jan

2018

U.S. Attorney General withdraws federal government’s non-enforcement stance against states with legalized marijuana

On Thursday, January 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo rescinding all guidance to federal prosecutors that minimized the priority of enforcement actions against states with legalized marijuana – either medical or recreational.
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Categories: Marijuana

5

Jan

2018

Governor’s proposed water bill scheduled for Senate hearing

Following a December work session on a very similar bill, the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday January 8 on a proposal developed by Governor Inslee’s office to resolve the months-long standoff created by fallout from the Hirst and Foster water resources court cases.

5

Jan

2018

Sunshine Committee recommendations bill on Public Records Act is set for an early hearing

Sponsored by Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), HB 1160 enacts recommendations of the Sunshine Committee.

5

Jan

2018

New wrongful death bill to be heard in House this week

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle) has sponsored HB 2262 regarding wrongful death and injury liability
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Categories: Personnel

5

Jan

2018

Bill to prohibit employers from asking about arrests or convictions will be heard in the House

Sponsored by Rep. Ortiz-Self (D-Mukilteo), HB 1298 will be heard in the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee on Tuesday, January 9, at 1:30 pm.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Jan

2018

Bill to address gender pay equity scheduled for hearing

Rep. Tana Senn’s (D-Mercer Island) bill, EHB 1506, addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity is a carryover from last session.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Jan

2018

Military land use compatibility proposal returns

Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way) has introduced an updated version of her military land use compatibility bill (HB 2341).

5

Jan

2018

Low-income housing property tax bill heard again

HB 1532 would exempt properties from state and local property taxes that are owned by nonprofit entities for the purposes of developing residences for low-income households.
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Categories: Housing

5

Jan

2018

Bill seeks to specify compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements

Senator Karen Keiser’s (D-Kent) apprenticeship utilization bill, introduced in 2017, is back and scheduled for public hearing January 11 in the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee.

5

Jan

2018

Public Depository Task Force finishes work – Treasurer’s Office & OFM make recommendations

The 2017 Legislature established the Public Depository Task Force after several legislators pushed for the establishment of a state bank to fund infrastructure.

5

Jan

2018

Hearings scheduled for Voting Rights Act bills that could impact how city councilmembers get elected

Both the House and Senate will hear bills this week that could change whether your city council elections take place citywide or are divided by voting district.

18

Dec

2017

Legislators return in 2018 with different expectations and challenges – what might it mean for cities?

The balance of power has again shifted in Olympia and how that impacts cities will be a major focus of AWC during what we hope will be a short 60-day session beginning January 8 and ending March 8.
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