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

19

Feb

2016

Task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

The bill establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend legislation and options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification, HB 2959, passed the House of Representatives with a 93-4 vote last week.

19

Feb

2016

Allowing audits to be conducted by a private entity

Last week the House of Representatives passed an amended version of HB 2148, concerning the State Auditor allowing audits to be conducted by a private entity.

19

Feb

2016

Reducing the frequency of local sales tax changes

The House passed a bill that would reduce the frequency of local sales tax changes.

12

Feb

2016

State budget update

With the 2016 legislative session more than half over, you may have noticed that we haven’t seen a supplemental budget proposal since the Governor released his in the middle of December.

12

Feb

2016

Gradually restoring local liquor revenue

As the deadline for bills to move from committee passed, AWC’s priority bills to gradually restore local liquor revenue, HB 2438 and SB 6425, remain in the fiscal committees of their respective chambers.

12

Feb

2016

Update on proposal to cap water and sewer utility taxes

In previous editions of the Legislative Bulletin, we wrote about SB 6115, a proposal to cap the city utility tax rate on water and sewer businesses at six percent.

5

Feb

2016

Proposal establishes task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

The House Finance Committee is expected to move HB 2959, establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend legislation and options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification.

5

Feb

2016

Possible fix for REET flexibility bill from last year

AWC has been working with realtors, counties and affordable housing advocates to try and reach agreement on addressing unintended consequences of the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) flexibility bill that was passed last year, EHB 2122.

29

Jan

2016

Cities show support for restoring local liquor revenue

This week AWC’s priority bills to gradually restore local liquor revenue, HB 2438/SB 6425, were each heard in committee.

29

Jan

2016

New proposal to reduce frequency of local sales tax changes

A new bill reducing the number of times per year a local sales tax may be changed, HB 2565, will be heard in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 2 at 3:30 pm.

22

Jan

2016

House and Senate committees to hear proposal to restore local liquor revenue

Last week we told you about AWC’s priority bill to gradually increase local liquor revenue, HB 2348/SB 6425, and House and Senate committees have each scheduled to hear their respective versions.

22

Jan

2016

Cities express opposition to utility tax caps

Thank you to the city officials who have contacted legislators expressing opposition to SB 6115, a proposal to cap the city utility tax rate on water and sewer businesses at six percent unless voter approved.

22

Jan

2016

Proposal to examine state and local regulations that affect small businesses

On Thursday, January 21, the Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee approved a proposal to establish a task force to examine state and local regulations that affect small businesses.

15

Jan

2016

House committee to consider funding of fire districts and fire authorities

The House Local Government Committee is scheduled to hear two proposals addressing the funding of regional fire authorities and fire districts on Tuesday, January 19 at 10 am.

15

Jan

2016

Proposal caps water and sewer utility taxes

On Monday, January 18, the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee will consider SB 6115, a proposal to cap the city utility tax rate on water and sewer businesses at six percent
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