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March 5, 2018

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Washington Voting Rights Act passes Legislature
After a lively and passionate hours-long debate, the House passed SB 6002, but a different version than the Senate-passed bill. On a 29-20 vote, the Senate concurred on March 5 with the House version, and the bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature. More

A surprising turn of events for small cell bill
SB 5935 would require cities above a certain size to update or adopt policies relating to small cell technology. In a positive and surprising turn of events, the small cell section of the bill was stripped and voted out of committee. Find out what this means for cities. More

From the director section

Session ends on March 8 – How are city priorities doing?
AWC began the 2018 session with our sights set on addressing housing shortages and affordability, helping individuals with mental health and drug addiction issues, and providing tools to enhance local economic vitality. There are only a few days left before the session ends – find out how our priorities are faring. More

Take action section

Ask your senators to pass affordable housing bill HB 2437
Homelessness map
Contact your Senators to ask for their support to pass and fund HB 2437. This proposal creates a landmark partnership between the state and local governments on affordable housing investments. Use our data map to show Senators how much money this bill would raise for your community. Once there, click "Explore" on the bottom right of the screen and then select your area in the drop-down box. More

Media time section

AWC at US CapitolCity officials travelling to NLC's Congressional City Conference
AWC's leadership and approximately 75 Washington city officials are headed off to Washington, D.C. next week to advocate for federal policies that support our cities. Follow us March 11-14 on AWC's twitter to get updates.

Check out our federal infrastructure report and two-pager that summarizes the report.

Need to know setion

Budget & finance
B&O tax apportionment task force looking at simplification options. More

Senate and House pass supplemental budgets off the floor. More

General government
Lodging tax 2017 expenditure data collection begins. More

Homelessness & human services
Drug take-back program going statewide. More

Homeless housing bill moves out of Senate. More

HR & labor relations
First responder PTSD bill passes the Legislature. More

Bill restricting employers from inquiring about criminal backgrounds of job applicants passes the Legislature but must be included in the budget to become law. More

Open government
Legislature agrees to convene a task force for recommendations on legislative public record disclosure reform in 2019. More

Pensions
PERS 1 cost of living increase. More

Public safety & criminal justice
AWC-supported body worn cameras bill passes the Legislature. More

LFO bill passes the Senate. More

Bill expanding search warrant jurisdiction of specific municipal courts passes Legislature. More

Public works
Collective bargaining contracts to govern prevailing wages. More

Cities to get more flexibility in contracting for public works by using unit priced contracts. More

Transportation
Burden of state route maintenance will be lifted for more cities. More

Support HB 1656 to help save new funding for small municipal airports. More


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