Legislative Advocacy

February 13, 2017

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Legislative Bulletin headlines and articles.

House and Senate set to hear business license and tax simplification bills HB 2005 and SB 5777 this week. More

AWC priority public records bills heard in committee on Friday. More

Glimmer of hope for the Public Works Trust Fund? Your voices needed!
Legislators are receptive to our message but it is still a very steep uphill battle to secure state funding for local infrastructure. More

Remind your legislators what state shared revenues mean to your city
Today marks the beginning of the sixth week of session, and state budget proposals are under development. Budget writers are looking to find money wherever they can. Now is a good time to remind your legislators what state shared revenues mean to your city. Check out your city’s estimated portion of state shared revenues, absent any cuts, here.

Policy bills face a key deadline this Friday
Legislators have until week’s end to consider and move bills out of policy committees or the fate of those left behind diminish greatly. The good news is that most of AWC’s Priority policy bills are progressing. More

Homelessness and housing story map
Cities throughout the state are searching for local and statewide solutions to address increasing homeless populations, housing shortages, and a strained mental and behavioral health system. This story map profiles seven cities’ experiences.

Budget & finance
Local officials express support for property tax limits linked to inflation and population growth. More

Variety of bills introduced with impacts on city finances. More

Economic development
Bills raise cap on tax credit allowing for greater participation in Main Street Program. More

AWC supports bill that would give expanded authority to Parking and Business Improvement Areas. More

Environment & land use
AWC co-hosts lunch with legislators to discuss funding for removal of fish-blocking culverts. More

Bills seeking to address the water management challenges resulting from the recent Hirst and Foster Supreme Court cases continue to get a lot of attention. A number of bills had public hearings and one has moved out of committee. More

AWC Federal Priorities under review in advance of NLC’s March conference. More

Committees in both houses consider bills aimed at addressing affordable housing and homelessness challenges. There’s still work to do to find common ground. More

Bills seek to remedy issues related to abandoned and foreclosed homes. Cities are most concerned with vacant homes that are a source of blight and pose safety hazards. More

Open government
Bill would cap public record penalties in certain cases. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill would authorize the use of automated license plate readers. More

Legislation directs state to develop emergency plans for oil train accidents. More

Cities testify against small cell pre-emption bills. Senate bill moves out of committee. Cities continue to meet with bill proponents. More

Bill seeks authority to set speed limits for trains carrying hazardous flammable materials. More


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