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February 4, 2019

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From the director section

I-940 “fix” bill passes Legislature unanimously
The Governor is scheduled to sign the bill on Monday, February 4. Once signed, the bill will immediately become law due to the emergency provision. More

Cities testify in support of AWC’s economic development priority bill
AWC’s priority economic development bill was heard in committee last week. The bill allows local governments to compete for state sales tax credits to finance public infrastructure improvements that spur private investments. Please complete our 4-question survey to indicate your city’s interest in this bill. More

Simplification of B&O tax apportionment bill gets hearing
A bill in the House looks to simplify apportionment rules when determining local business and occupation (B&O) tax liability for service income. More

From the director section

New bills would restore PWTF resources
For years now, we’ve been advocating to preserve funding for the ever-important Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF). Currently, the PWTF is supposed to receive funding from loan repayments and a portion of the state’s REET, but those funds are being diverted until 2023. We’re working hard to find opportunities to end those diversions sooner than that, so that the PWTF can invest in infrastructure when it’s needed—now. This week, we explore three bills that aim to help, and we need your support to get them moving.

Take action section

Register for AWC Lobby Day!
March 25 | Olympia
Couldn’t make it to next week’s sold-out City Action Days? You have another chance next month! Come to Olympia for this one-day Capitol Hill event where you can again add your voice and let legislators know how they can help retain and enhance strong cities. AWC Lobby Day is the week before an important legislative cutoff deadline, where legislators are slated to finalize policy bills that impact cities. Register now!

Media time section

How to work the doors
Back by popular demand, AWC’s Candice Bock brings you these helpful tips for signing into committee and “working the doors” of the House and Senate floors. Learn how to electronically sign into a committee and indicate your position on a bill. Also, find out how to pass a note to your legislator on the floor so they can come to the lobby and discuss a bill. Catch this 2-minute video to learn how you can become a true “lobby”ist!

Need to know setion

Affordable housing
New local housing revenue ideas emerge. More

Nonprofit homeownership development companion bill will be heard. More

Budget & finance
2018 lodging tax expenditure data reporting. More

Bill allows local governments to receive a cannabis retail license. More

Municipal electric utilities planning efforts for transportation electrification. More

Environment & natural resources
Recycling market response bills offer a mix of solutions – and they all impact cities. More

General government
Senate version of wrongful death bill continues to advance. More

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

Changes to utility liens directed towards tenants. More

Homelessness & human services
Law enforcement behavioral health grant bill gets public hearing. More

HR & labor relations
Bill prohibiting employers from seeking salary history scheduled for hearing. More

Bills related to union dues collection and union security scheduled for hearing. More

Land use & planning
A new minimum density bill, with implications for Sound Transit. More

GMA housing element expansion bill. More

Proposal to change GMA urban services definition. Your feedback is welcome on this simple change. More

Tiny homes bill receives a hearing. We would appreciate feedback on this proposal. More

Open government
AWC-supported public records bill scheduled for Friday hearing. More

Legislature to hear bills restricting government use of new technologies. More

Two Sunshine Committee bills scheduled for Friday hearing. More

Open meetings bill scheduled for Tuesday public hearing. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill regulates use of automated license plate recognition systems. More

Bill authorizes creation of a municipal police district. More

Public works
Call before you dig bill. More

Bill affecting public works contracting. More

Bill to authorize financing for local government infrastructure. More

Fine increase for HOV infractions. More

Bills to secure funding for the Transportation Improvement Board. More

Pavement condition reporting requirements. More

State highway stormwater runoff charges. More

Target Zero seeking information to achieve public safety goals. More

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