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February 3, 2020

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Week 4 of session with cutoff deadlines looming
Now that we are in Week 4 of the session, it is time to start paying attention to those critical cutoff deadlines. A variety of bills that AWC is watching closely are subject to the February 7 policy committee cutoff. Check out the Hot Sheet for a quick reference guide to bills we are tracking. With supplemental budget proposals expected later this month, read AWC’s letter to legislative budget leaders on city funding priorities. More


Priority bill to expand the Multifamily Tax Exemption program
AWC priority bill to expand the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) program is scheduled for a hearing and committee vote this week and needs your support. More

House proposals pave the way for TIF in Washington
AWC supports a House bill and a House joint resolution permitting cities and towns to use tax increment financing (TIF) to improve designated areas within their communities. More

New transportation revenue proposal to be heard
The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Sen. Steve Hobbs (D–Lake Stevens), will hold a hearing this week on his proposal for a new transportation revenue package. More

Take action section

Calling all mayors! Register for Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
February 13 | Olympia
Mayors: If you missed City Action Days, you still have one more chance to come to Olympia during session! This Mayors Exchange offers the unique opportunity to connect with other city leaders and share local budget or policy issues, news, strategies, and legislative priorities. Conversation highlights include the supplemental budget proposals, the state revenue forecast, transportation, housing, and other hot topics for cities. Register now!

Connect with your legislators at local town halls
Legislators will be hosting town hall meetings during the next few weeks. Check your legislators’ websites for information on when and where theirs will be. Bringing up issues that are important to your city at local town halls is a great way to make sure they and your constituents are aware of your city’s legislative issues.

Media time section

Thank you for making City Action Days 2020 a success!
CAD is a wrap! Nearly 400 attendees representing over 115 cities converged on Olympia last week to advocate for Washington cities. The educational sessions, networking opportunities, and legislator visits all helped make for strong cities and a great state. Relive some of the best moments in our CAD highlights video.

Need to know setion

Affordable housing
Bill seeks to address donation of utility property for affordable housing. We would appreciate city attorney feedback on this one. More

Shared housing funding bill up for hearing. More

Bill adds permanent affordable housing as eligible project for LRF programs. More

Budget & finance
JLARC’s lodging tax reporting system is officially open for 2019 reporting. More

2020 B&O tax rates updates. More

Increases for Department of Revenue’s business license applications. More

Bill requires cities to disclose utility taxes on billing statements. More

Proposal would increase tourism fee while threatening tourism promotion funding. More

New regulations seek to limit cannabis and vapor advertising. More

Legislators consider program promoting social equity among cannabis retailers. More

Economic development
Proposal to provide greater funding for LRF projects. More

Sign up for the Introduction to CETA webinar. More

Environment & natural resources
Compost use mandate amendment needs feedback. More

General government
Streamlined process for changing form of government under consideration. More

Mobile on-demand gas providers seek state standardization for permitting. More

HR & labor relations
Bills propose changes to several employee-related programs. More

Land use & planning
Growth Management Hearings Board reform bills diverge. More

Another bill proposes to change permit application timelines. We could use your eyes on a definition change. More

Open government
Bills modify public record requirements. More

Public safety & criminal justice
New process for handling sexual assaults kits. More

Legislators look to tie county jail funding to MAT requirements. More

New requirements proposed for police seizing contraband from minors. More

Bill addresses police procedures relating to missing person cases. More

Several bills propose changes to the criminal justice system. More

Public works
Proposal expands exemption to competitive bidding for community service organizations. More

Bill requires additional protection of archaeological and cultural sites. More

Landscape maintenance rulemaking updates. More

Senate to hear three bills reimposing Initiative 976. More

Updates to motorcycle parking requirements. More

Legislature considers limiting steel products on public works. More

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