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March 18, 2019

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From the director section

Bump stock buy-back program now in effect
SB 5954, the bump stock buy-back program bill, passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor on March 14. The law provides Washington residents the opportunity to turn in up to five bump-fire stocks for payment before the federal law banning the possession of bump-fire stocks takes effect on March 26. More

New LEOFF 2 pension bills introduced
SB 5983 and HB 2144, concerning first responder pensions, were recently introduced in the Legislature. Both bills transfer $300 million from the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) retirement fund to the Benefits Improvement Account (BIA). More

Density bill improves for cities
HB 1923 had a very busy week, ultimately passing the House in a much better form for cities. This is the key bill proposing to increase urban residential capacity, density, and affordable housing. Fifteen legislators signed a letter showing their support for cities on three core principles on housing and land use bills. More

From the director section

Record number of bills introduced and budget release expected next week
Last week was the house of origin cutoff deadline, so now’s a good time to look at the session stats. Learn how many more bills have been introduced this year compared to all of 2017’s bills (the most recent long session). We are now awaiting revenue and caseload forecasts slated for March 20, followed by the House budget proposal expected on March 25. Read this week’s bill hot sheet and learn about AWC’s budget priorities. More

Media time section

Cities’ budget priorities
In this video, Candice details the priority items that cities are seeking within the state’s 2019-2021 budget. We encourage city officials to share our budget letter and its message with your local legislators and ask them to advocate for these priorities with their budget leaders.

Take action section

Watch legislator profile videos on TVW
How well do you know your legislators? Learn more about them by watching their profile videos on TVW. In each video, legislators introduce themselves and talk about what motivated them to run for office and what issues are most important to them as they serve Washington in their formal roles. More

Participate in town hall meetings near you
Across Washington, legislators will be holding public town hall meetings to engage their community and hear local ideas and concerns on the ground. These events are a great opportunity for you to connect with your legislators and listen to the input of your shared constituents. Check your legislators' website to see if they have scheduled a town hall. If not, reach out to them and ask if they plan to host one.

Need to know setion

Affordable housing
Status of affordable housing bills at cutoff. More

Budget & finance
Enhanced State Treasurer services moving forward with a change. More

Transparency of local utility taxing districts bill amended. More

Change to B&O tax deadline for annual filers passes House. More

Hearing scheduled for B&O apportionment bill. More

Changes to State Auditor report requirements. More

Bill proposes changes to firefighters’ pension levy. More

Bill concerning criminal penalties for licensed marijuana retailers moves to Senate. More

Vacating cannabis misdemeanor convictions bill advances. More

Environment & natural resources
Bill to encourage pollinator habitat passes Senate. More

Summary of environmental bills at cutoff. More

General government
Bill that would eliminate advisory votes on tax increases set for House hearing. More

Homelessness & human services
Opioid treatment bill moves to the House. More

HR & labor relations
First quarter PFML payment and reporting moved to July 31. More

First-responder occupational disease compromise bill set for Senate hearing. More

Land use & planning
ADU bills continue to improve for cities. More

Round up of land use bills after cutoff. More

Open government
AWC’s public records reporting improvement bill scheduled for Senate hearing. More

Public record exemption bill scheduled for Senate public hearing. More

Sunshine Committee bill scheduled for Senate public hearing. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill that helps fire departments recover cleanup costs passes House. More

Bill addressing impaired driving statutes moves to the Senate. More

Bill that requires actions by officers in response to domestic violence continues to move. More

Bill to provide immunity from prostitution charges in limited circumstances advances. More

Protection orders bills advance. More

Bill requiring smoke detection devices advances to the House. More

Motorized scooter bill passes House and gets scheduled for Senate public hearing. More

AWC-supported pavement condition reporting repeal bill set for Senate hearing. More

Bill proposing new requirement on state paid stormwater fees scheduled for House hearing. More

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