Legislative Advocacy

May 8, 2017

The Legislative Bulletin is produced every other week during the legislative session.

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Budget deal in limbo – City revenues at risk

Check for this special session mailer slated to hit city hall this week. Legislative session is in overtime due to the state budget. If you don't tell your legislators what cities need, last-minute deals behind closed doors could quickly and quietly sweep city revenues in an effort to finish. Find out what you can do and say to help protect city revenues and other priorities before it's too late. More

Day 15 special session report – Where are legislators?
There are 15 days left in the current special session, and there are no visible signs that legislators are close to a budget agreement. Find out where legislators are at and what you can do help cities remain strong. More

Help us fight LEOFF 2 cuts
The Senate recently proposed eliminating the state’s long-standing contribution to the LEOFF 2 pension system, covering police and fire personnel. AWC estimates the proposal would cost cities over $70 million in 2017-19. Help us fight these cuts by taking this short survey about the potential impacts to your city. More

Budget & finance
See the city letter on the importance of Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions. More

Senate hearing on House revenue proposal includes requiring sales tax collection or reporting of customers for use tax by out of state retailers, repealing bottled water tax exemption, and changes to state REET. More

Governor signs business license streamlining bill. More

Department of Revenue local government partnership meetings held in Tumwater June 7 and Moses Lake June 15. More

Open government
Governor signs two open government cybersecurity bills. More

Permanent records injunction granted against Department of Corrections inmate. More

Governor signs bill on worker compensation settlements. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Senate working on new deadly force bill. More

Small cell deployment discussions continue. More

Governor signs pavement condition reporting bill. More

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