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March 25, 2019

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From the director section

Cities’ economic development bill needs your help
AWC is calling on all city leaders to contact your Senators now and ask them to hold a public hearing on SB 5564. This AWC priority bill allows local governments to compete for state sales tax credits to finance infrastructure improvements that spur private investments. The bill is currently held in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. More

Proposed state budgets for 2019-21 released
It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. Three important biennial budgets (operating, transportation, and capital) were released in the House today. Stay tuned to your email inbox Tuesday for correspondence from us in the form of an AWC Budget Alert. Check today’s View from the Hill below for more information on what we expect.

From the director section

House releases proposed budgets this week
Read about the proposed budgets, along with information on the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council’s positive revenue forecast that set the final stage for the budget proposals. We also break down the state’s budget problem, our timeline for communicating what’s in the budget, what’s included in our budget priorities, and this week’s bill tracking hot sheet. More

Media time section

elearning-icon-75CityVoice Podcast 7: Affordable housing update
This week we interview AWC’s Carl Schroeder about what’s going on with affordable housing in the latter half of the legislative session. You’ll hear about a group of bills that AWC has been tracking, along with Carl’s open take on what tools cities are looking for to increase their affordable housing stock.

Take action section

NLCHouseAffordReportCheck out NLC’s state-by-state analysis of housing affordability tools
Build your knowledge of affordable housing challenges and solutions across the nation with a recently released report by the National League of Cities (NLC). Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability examines how cities and states can work together and develop tools to impact housing affordability. More

Need to know setion

Affordable housing
Grandfathering ADU bill will be heard in the House. More

Budget & finance
Property tax cap bill introduced but not yet heard. More

Annual B&O tax filing deadline bill advances. More

B&O apportionment bill scheduled to move out of committee. More

Environment & natural resources
Plastic bag ban and stewardship bills on the move in the House. More

General government
Bill to count inmates and custodial patients for redistricting purposes. More

HR & labor relations
First-responder occupational disease bill scheduled for Ways & Means hearing. More

Bill prohibiting employers from seeking salary history scheduled for Senate hearing. More

Industrial insurance claim confidentiality bill moves to Senate for public hearing. More

Land use & planning
Mobile home park home siting bill improves out of the House. More

Open government
Public disclosure exemption bill heard in Senate last week. More

Facial recognition and data privacy bill heard in House. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill addressing cyber crimes will be heard in Senate. More

Bill to address law enforcement coordinated response to missing Native American women. More

Bill allows tribal documents to be automatically admissible in court. More

Public works
Public contracting “piggybacking” bill moves to house for hearing. More

Public works bid limit bill moves to House for public hearing. More

Design-build bidding bill scheduled for Senate committee hearing. More

Emergency work zone bill scheduled in Senate Transportation Committee. More

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