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  • Plastic bag ban and stewardship bills on the move in the House

  • Bill to count inmates and custodial patients for redistricting purposes

  • Bill addressing cyber crimes will be heard in Senate

  • Grandfathering ADU bill will be heard in the House

  • Bill allows tribal documents to be automatically admissible in court

  • Bill to address law enforcement coordinated response to missing Native American women

  • Record number of bills introduced and budget release expected next week

  • Bump stock buy-back program bill passes and goes into effect immediately

  • Bill proposes changes to firefighters’ pension levy

  • Changes to State Auditor reporting requirements

  • Motorized scooter bill passes House and gets scheduled for Senate public hearing

  • AWC-supported pavement data reporting bill set for Senate hearing

  • New LEOFF 2 pension bills introduced

  • Bill proposing new requirement on state paid stormwater fees scheduled for House hearing

  • First-responder occupational disease compromise bill set for Senate hearing

  • First quarter PFML payment and reporting changed to July 31

  • Sunshine Committee bill scheduled for Senate public hearing

  • AWC’s public records reporting improvement bill scheduled for Senate hearing

  • Bill that would eliminate advisory votes on tax increases set for committee vote

  • Public records exemption bill scheduled for Senate public hearing

  • Hearing scheduled for B&O apportionment bill

  • Status of affordable housing bills at cutoff

  • Change to B&O tax deadline for annual filers passes House

  • ADU bills continue to improve for cities

  • Bill requiring smoke detection devices advances to the House

  • Round up of land use bills after cutoff

  • Opioid treatment bill moves to the House

  • Summary of environmental bills at cutoff

  • Transparency of local utility taxing districts bill amended

  • Bill to encourage pollinator habitat passes Senate

  • Density bill improves for cities

  • Enhanced State Treasurer services moving forward with a change

  • Vacating cannabis misdemeanor convictions bill advances

  • Watch legislator profile videos on TVW

  • Bills addressing protection orders advance

  • Bill to provide immunity from prostitution charges in limited circumstances advances

  • Bill that requires actions by officers in response to domestic violence continues to move

  • Bill that helps fire departments recover cleanup costs passes House

  • Bill concerning criminal penalties for licensed marijuana retailers moves to Senate

  • Bill addressing impaired driving statutes moves to the Senate

  • New prevailing wage rates for landscape maintenance

  • 2019 Session passes the halfway mark

  • Wayfair implementation increases city sales tax collections

  • Bill to expand alternatives to arrest, creates grant program, advances to Senate

  • Ecology’s recycling market response bill passes the House

  • Plastic product stewardship bill passes Senate in very different form

  • Narrowed version of SEPA exemption bill for homeless housing passes Senate

  • Public works contracting modernization bill passes out of Senate

  • PFML technical fix moves to Senate

  • Community forest bill passes out of Senate as a pilot program

  • Trueblood settlement bill advances

  • New transportation package, Forward Washington, moves out of committee

  • Senate passes privacy bill limiting use of facial recognition technology

  • Public records exemption bill passes House

  • Progress made on AWC’s public records reporting bill

  • Update on our BLEA priority

  • Bill clarifies role of municipal courts to enter temporary protection orders

  • Open public meeting expansion bill waiting for vote

  • House passes expansion of volunteer firefighter pension benefits

  • House passes rural development and opportunity zone bill

  • Bill to provide for a continuum of care for behavioral health patients advances

  • Wrongful death bill passes Senate

  • Proposal to allow tiny house communities passes Senate

  • Animal fighting bill advances

  • Public works bills passed House and heading to Senate

  • Plastic bag and straw bills pass Senate

  • On-site sewage systems bill passes Senate

  • Two condo liability reform bills switch to other chamber

  • Found property bill passes House

  • House heard proposed changes to Voting Rights Act

  • Focus is on floor action, while budget challenges continue to loom

  • Proposed changes to Voting Rights Act pass Senate

  • Density bill gets worse for cities coming out of the Appropriations Committee

  • Status of bills on homelessness at cutoff

  • Status of affordable housing bills at cutoff

  • Summary of environmental bills after first cutoff deadlines

  • Status of public safety and criminal justice bills

  • Union dues bills progress in Legislature

  • Delivery robot bills move out of House and Senate transportation committees

  • Motorized foot scooter regulation bills move forward

  • Wrongful death bills advance

  • Cannabis bills that have died

  • L&I responds to AWC petition for emergency prevailing wage rulemaking

  • Some cannabis bills advance

  • SEPA exemption bill for temporary shelters and encampments continues to move

  • Round up of land use bills after cutoff

  • Governor’s broadband bills on the move

  • Local government records reporting bill advances

  • Wayfair implementation increases city sales tax collections

  • Bill reauthorizes tax structure work group and adds city voice

  • First cutoff passes – Now it’s time to start talking about the budget

  • AWC testifies in opposition to pension bill

  • State bank proposal introduced, but fails to advance

  • Legislature to hold hearings on I-976, limiting state and local taxes, fees, and TBDs

  • New 10-year transportation funding package proposed in the Senate

  • U.S. Supreme Court decides excessive fines forfeiture case against state

  • Pavement condition data reporting bill set for public hearing

  • Senate transportation network company bill set for hearing has preemptive provisions

  • Modernization of government procurement update

  • Call to action on AWC’s economic development bill

  • Legislative records bill dies in committee, but several others move forward

  • Clarifying “piggybacking” requirements

  • ADU bills diverge in the House and the Senate

  • House substitute version of density bill passes first hurdle

  • Fiscal committees begin hearing housing priority bills

  • Bill aims to codify Boise case on rights of homeless to survive

  • Bill addressing impaired driving continues to move

  • Bill that proposes to modernize business crimes passes House

  • Bill to help survivors of trafficking and prostitution passes out of House

  • Legislature approaches first cutoff deadline as Olympia thaws out

  • New “livability” density bill introduced, will be heard this week

  • AWC priority housing investment bills continue to move and need your support!

  • Another graduated REET for housing bill

  • Another set of ADU bills

  • Bill incentivizes cities to establish housing affordability zones

  • Bill would create community forest grant program

  • After a snow delay, Multifamily Tax Exemption bills will be heard

  • Substitute version of HPA and bulkheads bill moves forward

  • Senate version of plastic packaging stewardship bill on the move

  • Updates on public disclosure exemption bills

  • House committee to hear bill on local government ranked choice voting

  • Public hearing held on legislative records bill

  • Opioid treatment bills advance, adds requirements for jails

  • Bill to address placement of sexually violent predators scheduled for hearing

  • PERS 1 COLA bill gets public hearing rescheduled

  • Bills to address hate crimes and add criteria for protection orders

  • Legislation to protect minors from sexual exploitation

  • Bills to protect animals scheduled for public hearings

  • Bill makes changes to driving with a suspended license laws

  • Motorized foot scooter companion bill

  • Utility lien bill gets new title and bill number

  • Hauler recycling bill up for a hearing in the Senate

  • State considers opportunities to reinvest in critical infrastructure challenges

  • Bill to allow municipal cannabis retail gets a hearing

  • Snow closes the Capitol

  • Motorized foot scooter bill to be heard this week

  • Watch testimony on one of AWC’s priorities – culvert funding

  • Bill to regulate religious homeless encampments returns

  • Bill would create a new legal framework for short-term rentals

  • Bill restricts annexation covenants for utility services

  • Companion short plat bill will be heard

  • B&O tax filer deadline to align with federal tax day

  • Bill expanding uses for city traffic safety cameras set for hearing

  • Bill to require public fleets to become electric by late 2020s

  • Bill would turn Public Works Trust Fund into State Infrastructure Bank

  • Public records inspection availability bill set for hearing

  • House to hear bill on restricting weapons in libraries and parks

  • AWC’s economic development bill amended and voted out of committee

  • Hearing set for legislative public records bill

  • Bill makes changes to Growth Management Hearings Board

  • Local tax flexibility

  • Proposed changes to public works bidding process

  • Public works contracting bill updates

  • Companion Park Benefit District bill gets a hearing

  • Bills to restore Public Works Trust Fund for infrastructure receive hearings

  • Small city Multifamily Tax Exemption bill to be heard in Ways & Means

  • Basic Law Enforcement Academy wait times reduction bill moves

  • Paid Family & Medical Leave technical fix bill gets second hearing

  • First-responder occupational disease bills get hearings

  • Committee to hear bill on PERS 1 COLA

  • House’s version of a housing and density bill is introduced

  • Bill would help fire departments recover cleanup costs

  • Firearm seizure and restricted access related to domestic violence and protection orders

  • Preemption of cities ability to impose employee-based taxes

  • Bill proposing community service for litterers advances

  • AGO request bill would consolidate traffic LFOs

  • New bills would restore PWTF resources

  • Recycling market response bills offer a mix of solutions

  • Open meetings bill scheduled for public hearing

  • Bill proposes new requirement on state paid stormwater fees

  • Municipal electric utilities planning efforts for transportation electrification

  • Proposal to increase fines for violators of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes

  • Bills to secure funding for the Transportation Improvement Board

  • Proposed changes to city pavement conditions reports

  • Cities banned from attaching some utility liens

  • Bills related to union dues collection and union security scheduled for hearings

  • Bill prohibiting employers from seeking salary history scheduled for hearing

  • Survey for elected officials on experiences with Target Zero

  • Proposal to change GMA urban services definition

  • GMA housing element expansion bill

  • Tiny homes bill receives a hearing

  • AWC-supported public records bill scheduled for hearing

  • New local housing revenue ideas emerge

  • Bills affecting public works contracting thresholds

  • A new minimum density bill, with implications for Sound Transit

  • Bill to authorize financing for local government infrastructure

  • Two Sunshine Committee bills scheduled for Friday hearing

  • Legislature to hear bills restricting government use of new technologies

  • Law enforcement behavioral health grant bill gets public hearing

  • Bill creating efficiencies in adoption of council-manager government scheduled for hearing

  • Cities testify in support of AWC’s economic development priority bill

  • Nonprofit homeownership development companion bill will be heard

  • Senate version of wrongful death bill advances

  • Bill regulates use of automated license plate recognition systems

  • Bill authorizes creation of a municipal police district

  • Bill allows local governments to receive a cannabis retail license

  • Call before you dig bill

  • 2018 Lodging tax expenditure data reporting site now open

  • I-940 “fix” bill passes Legislature

  • Simplification of B&O tax apportionment

  • More than 1,400 bills have been introduced so far in 2019

  • Three bills address barriers to building condos

  • Governor’s request energy efficiency bill up for a hearing

  • Smoke alarm bill may create unfunded mandate

  • Orca task force recommendation bill on HPA and bulkheads

  • Self-help housing bill has House companion

  • REET bill introduced in the House

  • The House adds more bills expanding property tax exemption for affordable housing

  • Bills addressing affordable housing development by religious organizations

  • AWC priority bill encouraging investments in affordable & supportive housing

  • Bill streamlines annexations of unincorporated islands

  • “Best available science” for critical area planning bill is heard

  • Bill proposes changes to mobile home park home siting

  • Cannabis home grow and delivery bills to be heard

  • Food truck bill gets a hearing

  • I-940 “fix” bill passes the House

  • Bill authorizes regulation of the open carrying of firearms in public meetings

  • Senate version of wrongful death bill advances

  • Two pension bills scheduled for public hearings

  • Legislators introduce Governor’s behavioral health bills

  • Rural development and opportunity zone act scheduled for hearing

  • Committee will hold hearing on broadband expansion bill

  • AWC economic development priority bill set for public hearing

  • AWC seeking city feedback on facial recognition privacy bill

  • Treasurer’s proposal to provide enhanced investment services

  • Bills address voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties

  • Prohibition on local governments’ toll authority

  • Military surplus vehicle bill to be heard

  • Creation of parks benefit districts provides new revenue options

  • Hearings on sidewalk delivery devices

  • Bill allows certain cities to directly impose lodging tax

  • Work underway to address “unintended consequences” of prevailing wage changes

  • 2019 Legislative Session starts off with a fast pace

  • Bill creates a private right of action for motorcycle profiling

  • Chemical Action Plans bill scheduled for Thursday

  • Foreclosure protection efforts continue this session

  • Several bills address the proliferation of plastics

  • Proposed changes to the Voting Rights Act

  • Several bills expand property tax exemption for affordable housing

  • Self-help housing sales tax and REET exemption bill up for a hearing

  • Bill proposes to extend city authority to use REET for housing and homelessness

  • Wrongful death bills are back this year

  • Bill proposes to raise the burden of proof in forfeiture hearings

  • Bill proposing community service for litterers gets a hearing

  • Senate version of public defense funding bill will be heard

  • A flurry of Growth Management Act bills in the Senate

  • Bill to reduce wait time for basic law enforcement training gets a hearing

  • Public works small works roster bill to be heard

  • FMSIB annual report

  • Transportation cameras bill allows use in prosecution of crimes

  • Senate Remote Testimony Pilot Program expanded to public

  • Bill restricting cannabis business siting is scheduled for a committee vote

  • Cannabis home grows bill gets a hearing

  • I-940 “fix” bills are on the fast track

  • Senate work session on draft transportation package

  • Washington infrastructure receives a “C” grade

  • Adult family home bill gets a public hearing

  • New legislation requires prepaid postage for all elections

  • NLC comments on Opportunity Zones tax breaks

  • Hearing held on Sunshine Committee recommendations bill

  • Injured worker benefit payment bill set for hearing

  • Firefighter safety bill scheduled for hearing

  • Bill would allow state to invest pension assets of first-class cities

  • Secretary of State certifies I-976, car tab initiative, to Legislature

  • Bill creates a pilot for cities to hire homeless

  • Sign on to support funding for homelessness prevention

  • 2019 Legislative Session is here!

  • Settlement approved in Trueblood case

  • Study bill to create a disaster planning work group

  • Hearing scheduled for public defense services funding bill

  • Governor announces initiative to pardon marijuana misdemeanors

  • Initiative 940 "fix" bills scheduled for a hearing

  • Bill restricting cannabis business siting gets a hearing

  • Transparency of local taxing districts

  • DRS releases annual financial report on state pension systems

  • DRS announces 2019 retirement planning seminars for public employees

  • JLARC releases public records data brief

  • AWC will file amicus supporting city rights-of-way

  • I-976 aims to reduce motor vehicle fees & limit Transportations Benefit Districts

  • Local governments are eligible for Automated Driving System demonstration grants

  • Premiums have begun – Cities have unanswered PFML implementation questions

  • A mixed review of the Governor’s proposed budget

  • Governor releases 2019 budget proposals

  • Orca Task Force’s recommendations highlighted in Governor’s budget

  • State Auditor’s Office updates

  • Governor announces proposal on clean energy and reducing greenhouse gases

  • Sixteen rural cities receive 2018 CDBG awards

  • Labor & Industries proposing updated rules that could double overtime exemption threshold

  • Prefiled bill proposes additional restrictions to cannabis business siting

  • New year, new leave law: PFML premium collection begins in 2019!

  • Governor announces plan to significantly increase community-based behavioral health treatment system

  • WFOA announces 2019 class schedule

  • Prevailing Wage Agency system updates

  • City transportation needs discussed at recent Joint Transportation Committee

  • Commerce releases new buildable lands report guidelines

  • Round two of Behavioral Health Facilities grant program opens

  • The mid-term elections and Washington cities

  • WSDOT survey for users of Interstate 5 in Thurston County

  • AWC response to FCC franchise rule making

  • Eyman submits initiative to reduce car tabs

  • Archives offers free public records trainings

  • Public Records Task Force hears from local government leaders

  • Opportunity Zones provide investment incentive for low-income areas

  • ESD releases PFML toolkit to assist employers

  • New law may require your agency to send child support payments electronically

  • Select Committee on Pension Policy votes in support of Plan 1 COLA

  • Online tool shows local student homelessness data

  • Provide feedback to Ecology on update to Critical Aquifer Recharge Area Guidance

  • Initiative 940 – What happens next?

  • Commerce hosts final workshops on civilian-military compatibility planning

  • Deadline approaches for cities to adopt the model license threshold

  • House Finance Committee briefing on B&O tax apportionment workgroup report

  • New FCC rules preempt cities on small cell deployment

  • FCC proposes new rules on cable franchise fees

  • Senate Republicans propose behavioral health package

  • AWC fights for local decision-making in new amicus brief

  • Streamflow restoration grant application closes October 31

  • Bothell and AWC advocate for new economic development tools

  • EAP overtime exemption rulemaking underway

  • Select Committee on Pension Policy discusses potential Plan 1 COLA

  • Public records task force holds second meeting

  • Feeling overwhelmed by cybersecurity? Check these resources

  • Do you have ash trees in your parks or streetscapes? Read this

  • Statewide inventory of untested sexual assault kits complete

  • Spots available at SAO BARS Roundtable events

  • Commerce hosting civilian-military compatibility planning workshops

  • B&O tax apportionment workgroup report completed

  • AWC collecting information on city adoption of the model license threshold

  • Final weeks to comment on Western WA stormwater manual

  • Reminder: Draft stormwater permits workshops & webinars

  • Innovations and Partnerships in Transportation Conference

  • AWC finalizes 2019 Legislative Priorities

  • Budget and campaign season are in full swing

  • New prevailing wage rates creating sticker shock for cities

  • Public records task force holds first meeting

  • The Puget Sound Action Agenda is open for public comment

  • B&O tax apportionment workgroup nearing final recommendations

  • Planning for small cell wireless infrastructure

  • CERB rural broadband program accepting loan grant applications

  • Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation information session

  • Deadline approaching for BLS partner cities to adopt model license provisions

  • Drug take-back program in rulemaking

  • Ninth Circuit decision on criminalizing homelessness

  • ESD is seeking city feedback on PFML Phase 3 rules

  • I-940 will go to the ballot

  • Municipal stormwater permits out for comment

  • Limited grant opportunity – Quality indigent defense assessments

  • Tips for using the legislature’s website for bill information

  • Welcome to View from the Hill!

  • Paid family and medical leave is coming to Washington – is your city ready?

  • AWC participates in Autonomous Vehicle Work Group subcommittees

  • Settlement reached in Trueblood case

  • Bellevue resolution honors Chinese-American veterans

  • Reports submitted to the Legislature on domestic violence reforms

  • USDA public works funding for rural communities

  • Public Works Board accepting loan applications

  • New rulemaking and guidance under the Streamflow Restoration Act

  • Business license cities must adopt a mandatory model threshold by Jan. 1

  • B&O tax apportionment workgroup needs feedback from B&O cities

  • Additional city corrections employees now eligible for PSERS

  • Employee retirement contribution rates to increase

  • Cities successfully report public record data under new mandate

  • Grid modernization bidders’ conference

  • Net metering update

  • Public Works Board loan approvals

  • Summer brings opportunity to dive into legislative issues

  • Lodging tax update

  • Visualizing housing costs in Washington

  • City B&O tax apportionment workgroup

  • Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME will impact city labor relations

  • JLARC records reporting reopened until July 27

  • Phase two Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking is underway

  • Take the survey to help strengthen rural businesses in our state

  • Ecology releases water resources guidance

  • New AGO resources for human trafficking survivors

  • City transportation task forces begin their work

  • Updated Critical Areas Handbook now available

  • Commerce kicks off civilian-military compatibility planning project

  • WSDOT’s Consolidated Grant Program accepting applications

  • Review & comment on Ecology draft stormwater manuals

  • National workshop explores automated vehicles

  • Select Committee on Pension Policy recommends rate change

  • Final city business license model threshold

  • Federal legislation preempting the rights of cities

  • I-1639: Gun violence prevention

  • I-1631: Clean air clean energy

  • I-1634: Taxation of groceries

  • U.S. Supreme Court issues long-awaited opinion on collecting remote sales tax

  • Special message from the AWC CEO

  • AWC’s legislative priorities process underway

  • Join state officials in discussion on Trueblood proposed agreement

  • Learn more about the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference

  • Equal Pay Opportunity Act takes effect

  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund intended use plan

  • U.S. Attorneys highlight black market cannabis in OR & WA

  • Workgroup considers expanding Don’t Drip and Drive program statewide

  • Supreme Court will hear I-940 case

  • Nutrient forum update

  • New draft guidance for riparian ecosystems may present concerns

  • U.S. Supreme Court deadlock on culverts case: Ninth Circuit decision remains the law

  • July 1 deadline for new JLARC public records reporting

  • I-940: Law enforcement training and community safety

  • Statewide initiatives and referenda

  • Saying thanks & getting ready for the long 2019 legislative session

  • Puget Sound Nutrient Forum begins their work

  • See the results of most comprehensive municipal stormwater survey ever

  • Business license threshold input from business community

  • Next phase of work on water issues begin

  • Governor’s staff convenes broadband discussion

  • The Attorney General’s Office updates public disclosure model rules

  • Local Records Grant Program applications open soon

  • Local government public records consultation

  • JLARC public records reporting system open

  • Minimum wage exemption rulemaking in progress

  • ESD updates on Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking

  • AWC participates in state behavioral health reform discussions

  • House Rural Democratic Caucus meets with local rural stakeholders

  • FCC presentation on challenging mobile data availability

  • Housing affordability concerns reaching a boiling point

  • Alternative fuels for fleet vehicles mandate begins in June

  • Deadline for reporting lodging tax fast approaching

  • AWC highlights city infrastructure needs during Infrastructure Week

  • Register now! BUILD Transportation Grants webinars

  • Solid waste handling rule delayed

  • Improving recycling in response to China’s ban

  • Department of Revenue Partnership Meetings

  • Five things you can expect from AWC

  • Voting Rights Act resources now available

  • Culverts case heard in U.S. Supreme Court

  • Court of Appeals upholds county’s cannabis ban

  • Legislature’s action on police initiative ruled unconstitutional

  • Favorable court decision on recreational immunity

  • City B&O tax service apportionment workgroup

  • Business license threshold feedback from cities & business community

  • USDOT replaces TIGER grant program

  • Road-rail study work continues

  • Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Advisory Committee

  • CERB introduces new rural broadband program

  • L&I taking input on new minimum wage exemption rules

  • JLARC updates public records data reporting

  • AG releases two new workplace rights guides

  • Archives offering free records management trainings

  • Poulsbo hosts Co-Responder Summit

  • Infrastructure week is May 14-21

  • 2017 Lodging tax expenditure data due soon

  • Local government partnership meetings

  • Governor approves Opportunity Zones

  • Register for AWC’s Voting Rights Act webinar

  • Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB) grant application deadline

  • Soliciting Legislative Priorities Committee members

  • Cities come out strong in 2018

  • About the 2018 Session Recap

  • Federal Legislative Priorities update

  • Two dozen energy & utility bills fail to advance

  • City priorities found key support in budget, yet some issues remain

  • A surprise ending to small cell technology discussions

  • Mixed bag on land use & environmental issues

  • Housing, homelessness, & human services successes & frustrations

  • Session outcomes for Voting Rights Act & wrongful death statutes

  • PERS 1 COLA passes, but few other pension changes

  • Transportation legislative summary

  • Economic development gains legislative attention

  • Public works benefit from capital budget passage

  • Body camera bill passes, but no others

  • No significant change for state cannabis laws

  • After years of stymied progress, many HR & labor bills pass

  • Some key public safety issues tackled this session

  • Marijuana excise tax distribution increasing

  • Applications for tax incentive Opportunity Zones now available

  • Cities come out strong 2018 session

  • 2018 Capital budget supplemental highlights

  • Last-minute activity on energy bills unsuccessful

  • Legislature passes operating budget

  • AWC letter to the Legislature regarding task force on legislative public record disclosure reform

  • Broadband bill fails to pass the Legislature

  • Behavioral health investments from the 2018 regular legislative session

  • Wrongful death bill that would have expanded city tort liability died

  • Joint legislative task force on sexual assault exams extended one more year

  • Attorney General’s Office updates Public Records Act Model Rules

  • First-responder occupational disease bill fails to make it through the Legislature

  • Initiative 940, concerning the use of deadly force by law enforcement, and a bill amending it pass the Legislature

  • Bill buys time for dealing with yard waste in apple maggot areas

  • Impact fees waived for homeless shelters

  • LIFT bill passes Legislature

  • Tourism bill gets big appropriation boost

  • Sound Transit “fix” will have to wait

  • Transportation budget passes Legislature

  • PERS 1 COLA headed to Governor’s desk

  • Session ends on March 8 – How are city priorities doing?

  • Legislature agrees to convene a task force for recommendations on legislative public record disclosure reform in 2019

  • A surprising turn of events for small cell bill

  • PERS 1 cost of living increase takes another step forward

  • Apportionment workgroup

  • "Ban the Box" bill passes the Legislature but must be included in the budget to become law

  • Lodging tax 2017 expenditure data collection begins

  • AWC-supported body worn cameras bill passes the Legislature

  • First responder PTSD bill passes the Legislature

  • Bill expanding search warrant jurisdiction of specific municipal courts passes Legislature

  • LFO bill passes the Senate

  • Bill establishes prevailing wage rate based on collective bargaining contracts

  • Unit priced bill passes Legislature

  • State routes bill headed to Governor's desk

  • Aviation loan bill needs your help

  • Drug take-back collection program going statewide

  • Homeless housing bill moves out of Senate

  • Washington Voting Rights Act passes Legislature

  • Submit your project for a planning award by March 16

  • Washington Voting Rights Act is a step closer to becoming law

  • Senate and House pass supplemental budgets off the floor

  • Bills & budget items in focus as adjournment nears March 8.

  • Second draft of rules for Paid Family & Medical Leave now available for comment

  • Small cell bill deemed necessary to implement the budget

  • Voting Rights Act awaits floor vote in the House.

  • ICC proposed building code changes to expand the use of mass timber for tall wood buildings

  • Human services data story

  • Key homelessness bills move

  • Senate and House both release supplemental capital budgets

  • City option to extend state property tax exemption to local levy lid lift

  • Wrongful death bill that expands city tort liability passes House committee

  • Proposed budget summary of criminal justice training funding

  • Initiative 940, concerning the use of deadly force by law enforcement, receives hearing

  • House and Senate introduce transportation budgets

  • Costly first responder occupational disease bills pass out of House committee.

  • Tourism bill still moving, gets big appropriation boost

  • Get involved in Ecology’s toxic cleanup rule update

  • Supplemental budget proposals released

  • A week that really matters

  • Sales and use tax flexibility bill continues to roll through the Legislature

  • Shared revenue interactive tool

  • Voting Rights Act on its way to enactment - Critical city improvements not included

  • Carryover bill that affects a convicted defendant's legal financial obligations continues to move this session

  • Broadband and Small Cell Networks

  • Changes to aquatic lease terms

  • AWC-supported body worn cameras bill passes out of Senate

  • Business license threshold workgroup

  • Request a Public Record Consultation from the Attorney General's Office

  • Bill limiting city authority to ban marijuana businesses is dead for now

  • Updates regarding JLARC's public record performance metrics now available

  • Wrongful death bill that expands city tort liability is still alive and moving

  • Costly first responder occupational disease bills continue to move

  • Local taxing districts transparency bill moves forward

  • COLA increase for PERS 1 and TRS 1 moves out of the Senate

  • Ride share bill fails to advance after crucial cutoff

  • Bill addressing state route population threshold requirements on the move

  • Checking in on electric utility bills

  • New building code requirements for areas prone to wildfire

  • Bill to expand multifamily property tax exemptions moves to House

  • Pilot program to help cities control the spread of apple maggots

  • New funding source for small airport infrastructure

  • Bill seeks to reduce environmental impacts of firefighting foam

  • 2018 Supplemental budgets and revenue

  • Housing, homelessness, and human services update after cutoff

  • Opioid use disorder prevention and treatment

  • AWC & partners’ infrastructure report gains traction

  • The time is right to remind legislators that new policy initiatives have local costs

  • Bills to simplify annexation of “islands” move forward, with some changes

  • City priority House Bill 1570 passes major milestone

  • Bill requiring cities to itemize taxes on utility bills moves to rules

  • Three bills supporting individuals suffering from mental health pass out of the House

  • State approved for $112.7 million in VW lawsuit

  • Building business ecosystems bill likely dead

  • Unit price contracting bill passes Senate, onto the House

  • House and Senate pass bills addressing Sound Transit 3 costs

  • Only one rideshare bill survives cutoff

  • Numerous labor relations bills continue to move

  • Bill limiting city authority to ban marijuana businesses survived committee cutoff dates

  • First responder occupational disease bills awaiting floor action

  • State Actuary projects pension contribution rates to be lower in 2021-23

  • Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct survives committee cutoff

  • Voting Rights Act bill rescheduled for committee action on Thursday

  • City priorities and issues of concern at the halfway point

  • Voting Rights Act bill scheduled for committee action on Wednesday

  • Bill changes how law enforcement may seize property in civil asset forfeiture cases

  • Bill that encourages disclosure of sexual harassment in the workplace passes out of committee

  • Bill giving cities greater flexibility with sales tax and levy lid lifts in House Rules Committee

  • Bill to create study on state and local property taxes heard

  • Bill would set disclosure requirements for utility bills

  • First responder occupational disease bills pass out of committee

  • AWC-supported body worn cameras bill passes out of committee

  • Local Records Grant Program accepting applications until February 28

  • Public defense funding bill has passed first hurdle

  • Bill limiting city authority to ban marijuana businesses passes out of committee

  • Mandatory minimum density bill appears to die

  • Prescription drug take-back bill poised for action in the House

  • Bills to provide funding for mental health first responders pass out of committee

  • Military land use compatibility bill hits snag in House, moves in Senate

  • Senate local option levy lid lift exemption bill moves

  • Housing, homelessness and behavioral health bill status updates

  • Both wrongful death bills expanding city tort liability pass out of committee

  • Bill would increase population threshold for enhanced state route maintenance responsibilities

  • Bill seeking to incentivize commercial office space development on the move

  • Bill seeks to address disposal costs of abandoned recreational vehicles on public property

  • What city officials heard in Olympia

  • Senate’s Voting Rights Act bill being considered in House committee

  • House proposes state B&O tax reform for small businesses

  • Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct has hearing in the Senate

  • Bills address definition of veteran when determining eligibility for plan membership

  • Bill would allow for sewer extensions in rural areas for economic development

  • Hearings scheduled for bills to provide funding for mental health and law enforcement co-response programs

  • AWC-supported body cameras bill has a hearing this week

  • Records management training calendar now posted

  • AWC supports bills that would “codify” revenues for important transportation funding programs

  • Bill would establish Lend Washington program to facilitate local infrastructure investment

  • Paid Family & Medical Leave public meeting on draft rules

  • Resolution on capital budget and water issues finally happens

  • City officials express their support for local infrastructure financing bill

  • Dueling Lyft and Uber bills make first public appearance in 2018

  • Housing and homelessness bill updates

  • Ways & Means to hear local housing option to exempt property tax

  • Legislators need to hear from you!

  • Both chambers have heard and are considering expansion of wrongful death liability proposals

  • Legislature takes action on capital budget, funds Public Works Trust Fund

  • Senate passes substitute version of Voting Rights Act bill; House considering its own substitute

  • Affordable housing and homelessness bills on the move

  • Bill would authorize fees to cover long-range planning

  • Annexation bill of concern to get hearing in House committee

  • Bill on body worn cameras introduced last week

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

  • Two marijuana bills that impact cities have hearing

  • Bill would require cities to develop ADA on-street parking plans

  • Hearing scheduled for public defense funding bill

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

  • Bill would align LIFT program with LRF

  • Cities support revived tourism bill

  • Local Records Grant Program now accepting applications

  • Senate Ways & Means to hear three bills on PERS 1 COLA increases

  • City priority: Homelessness, housing, & human services

  • Short Session - Little time to solve big issues

  • AWC supports bill aimed at improving participation by minority and women-owned businesses in public works contracts

  • Two bills related to small cells to get hearings this week

  • Voting Rights Act bills heard – Senate committee passes a substitute bill

  • Bills to address the opioid crisis set for hearing

  • Document recording fee bill gets public hearing

  • Impact fee deferrals for low-income housing

  • A trio of marijuana bills that impact cities will be heard in the House