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January 22, 2018

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Hot topics section

Legislature takes action on capital budget, funds Public Works Trust Fund
On January 18, the Legislature took action on a critical piece of holdover legislation from the 2017 session – the capital budget! This bill’s passage sends much-needed resources to cities throughout the state and the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) loan list is funded for the first time in years. More

Senate passes substitute version of Voting Rights Act bill
This version is better for cities than past proposals, but still has areas of concern. More

From the director section

Legislators need to hear from you!
Whether in Olympia or at home this week, let your legislators hear city voices

This week we’ll welcome nearly 400 city officials in Olympia for our annual City Action Days. Find out what attendees will learn, and what you can do from home to add your voice. Also discover what issues we are tracking closely including the state Voting Rights Act and the recently-passed capital budget. More

Media time section

AWC’s very own Jane Wall brings you these quick tips on how to “work the doors” when you’re at the Capitol in Olympia. Find out how to capture your Senator or Representative’s attention when they’re on the floor. More

Things you can do section

City Action Days logoWe look forward to seeing you at City Action Days this week!
If you haven’t already, remember to tell your legislators that you are coming to town! Make appointments and invite them to the reception or a meal. See the schedule here.

Need to know setion

Economic development
AWC supports bill that would create and fund the Washington Tourism Marking Authority. More

Bill would make Local Infrastructure Financing Tool work better. More

Environment & land use
HB 2789 would fundamentally alter annexation laws making annexations more difficult. More

Bill would authorize local fees to fund long-range planning. More

Companion bills that would simplify island annexations up for hearing this week. More

Affordable housing and homelessness bills on the move. Here’s a status summary of our “top tier” bills. More

Two bills with differing impacts on cities have hearings scheduled for Monday. More

Open government
Cities can now apply online for the Washington State Archives Local Records Grant Program. More

Senate Ways and means to hear three competing bills that will add a COLA to PERS 1 retirement plan. More

Both chambers considering expansion of wrongful death liability proposals. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill on body worn cameras introduced last week. More

Bill that would require the state to fully fund public defenders by 2028 has a hearing this week. More

Cities support bill that would allow greater certainty in selling off-street parking. More

Bill would require cities to develop ADA on-street parking plans. We have concerns about cities’ ability to meet the requirements of the bill in the time allocated and with no resources provided. More

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