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August 15, 2017

This is your Legislative Bulletin: Session Recap, which summarizes the 2017 legislative sessions. The Legislative Bulletin will be produced monthly during the interim, resuming weekly production in January 2018. Here is additional information on how to use this recap edition.

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From the director section

It took a record-breaking 193 days to finish, there’s still no capital budget, but overall, city issues were mostly addressed
Find out how several AWC priority issues fared, what’s up with the budget, which issues AWC is still tracking, and what’s coming later this year, including a hotly-contested Senate race in November. More

Media time section

Legislative priorities outcomes sheet2017 AWC City Priority outcomes
Check out our easy-to-use, pro/con formatted outcomes sheet to determine what happened with each of our city priorities this session, broken down into our five legislative priority categories. More

Things you can do section

City Champion award artworkSeeking nominations for AWC's legislative City Champion Award!
Did your legislator do great things not only for your city, but for all cities throughout the state? Did they sponsor or sign on to a bill that made cities stronger? Did they speak up publicly in support of city issues?

If your legislator did at least two of these things this past session, nominate them for AWC's 2017 City Champion Award! Winners will be selected in late August and recognized with press releases and in-district presentations early this fall.

For the past three years, we've recognized and honored at least one legislator from each of the four caucuses for their work to support cities. See a list of past recipients here. Send your nominations with a short explanation of your reasoning to Dave Williams by August 18.


Need to know setion

Budget & finance
Several city priorities were addressed in the 2017-19 operating budget and revenue package, including internet sales tax, but disappointing outcome on property tax cap. More

Economic development
Tourism marketing, creative districts, extension of public facilities district sales tax are highlights of 2017 session. More

Environment & land use
School siting, buildable lands and GMA review addressed during 2017 session. More

Human services & housing
New tools and funding are needed to address these community challenges. Some progress was made in 2017. More

The 2017 session may prove to be a turning point for the Public Works Trust Fund. More

Changes to marijuana laws regarding local distributions, advertising, and more. More

Open goverment
Big win for AWC in 2017 as priority public records laws pass. More

Significant developments in personnel and pensions in 2017; Paid Family Leave, LEOFF 2 and more. More

Public safety & criminal justice
BLEA funding approved, new distracted driving law passed, and deadly force bills sputter. More

The hot topic this session was small cell telecommunication facilities. Bills preempting city authority did not pass. More

Distracted driving and Real ID bills pass. More

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