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June 19, 2017

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Hot topic section

New water bill creates unfunded mandates and legal risks for cities
AWC is working to resolve challenges created by state Supreme Court water cases, Hirst and Foster. A new House proposal has no fix and threatens to invite lawsuits against cities. More

Updated contingency plan for state shutdown if no budget by June 30
The state has been communicating about its contingency plan for what would happen if a budget is not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1, which has never occurred before in our state. See examples. More

From the director section

Legislators know it’s time to finish and go home
There’s still no action on budgets. The end of the state’s fiscal year looms on June 30. Quiet backroom conversations are likely to lead to the callback of a short third special session where legislators will make rapid decisions that will impact cities across the state. More

Media time section

From the director section

Dataview illustrates what HB 1764 could have meant for city local option authority on property tax. More

Kennewick Mayor Steve Young writes PWTF opinion
Check out this Tri-City Herald guest opinion where Mayor Young uses history and local impacts to describe how the Public Works Trust Fund has helped build infrastructure in his community. Through facts, educational background, and a call to action, Mayor Young lays the groundwork for community engagement on an important city priority. More


Things you can do section

Status of housing and homelessness issues continues to be unclear
Uncertainty remains about whether the Legislature will pass any of the housing and homelessness bills. As we near potential shutdown on July 1, the likelihood increases that this important issue will not be addressed. Urge your legislators to take action on homelessness and housing this session. More

Need to know setion

Budget & finance
Cities support marketplace fairness and graduated REET in revenue proposals. More

Environment & land use
AWC expresses concerns with new MTCA bill. More

Human services
Governor signs law to help providers and local governments confront opioid crisis. More

AWC cosponsored conference focused on ending homelessness. More

Still waiting on fate of the Public Works Trust Fund. Final outcome will be revealed with the budget. More

Open government
New public records bills effective July 23, implementation work just beginning. More

New DRS pension rates to go into effect on July 1 for PERS, PSERS and LEOFF. More

Negotiators come to a compromise on statewide paid family leave program. More

Public safety & criminal justice
New, stronger distracted driving bill goes into effect on July 23. More

Federal drone registration rules struck down by appeals court. More

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