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February 26, 2018

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Senate and House release supplemental budget proposals
The Senate and House fiscal committees released their proposed supplemental budgets to the current adopted budget. Find out what's in the budgets for state-shared revenues, mental health, housing and homelessness, opioid treatment and prevention, pensions, and Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Plus, see our budget summary that compares the proposed House and Senate budgets. More

Costly first responder occupational disease bills pass out of House committee
Two major pieces of legislation on expanding workers’ compensation coverage and presumptions for law enforcement officers and firefighters continue to make headway. AWC has concerns with both bills due to a lack of medical evidence supporting the creation of these presumptions. More

Voting Rights Act awaits floor vote in the House
AWC appreciates the policy intent behind this legislation, but is concerned about how pieces of the bill, as written, will be implemented once passed. AWC has shared drafts of several possible floor amendments with legislators on both sides of the aisle that address our concerns. More

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Bills & budget items in focus as adjournment nears March 8
This is a make-or-break week for policy bills of interest or concern to cities. AWC has compiled a short list for both the House and Senate that we’re distributing to all legislators and leadership to let them know what policy and budget issues we need them to pay attention to. More

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Help set priorities for Ecology’s toxics cleanup rule update
The Washington State Department of Ecology is updating the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) cleanup rule. AWC encourages those concerned about toxic cleanup in their communities to participate in the rulemaking process to help determine which parts of the rule should be updated first. More

Comment on second draft of rules for Paid Family & Medical Leave
The Employment Security Department (ESD) has posted the second draft of phase 1 rules for the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. This first phase is related to collective bargaining, premium liability, and voluntary plans. Read the latest draft rules and submit your comments. More

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Challenges on our streets – View the data & tell legislators they can make a difference
Homelessness data portal
Take a look at the data story “Challenges on our streets,” a collection of statewide data that explores what’s happening with homeless students, skyrocketing rental rates and the impacts on homelessness, plus opioids and mental health. The combined issues are epidemic in Washington cities, creating a crisis that touches all of us. Dig deeper into the facts, and see what the Legislature can do now to help. More

Need to know setion

Budget & finance
Both chambers release supplemental capital budget bills. More

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

Economic development
New state tourism office gets a funding boost. More

General government
Wrongful death bill that expands city tort liability still moving. More

International Code Council proposed International Building Code changes to expand the use of mass timber for tall wood buildings. More

Homelessness & human services
Two key homelessness bills move toward the finish line. More

HR & labor relations
Proposed funding for law enforcement training. The House and Senate proposed budgets differ. More

Public safety & criminal justice
I-940 would change the standard for the use of deadly force by law enforcement. You can watch the public hearing. More

Small cell bill deemed necessary to implement the budget. More

Transportation budgets have good things for cities. More

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