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April 2, 2018

This is your Legislative Bulletin: Session Recap, which summarizes the 2018 legislative session. The Legislative Bulletin will be produced monthly during the interim. Read additional information on how to use this legislative recap.

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Cities come out strong in 2018
Legislators fit a host of items into a short 60-day session, ultimately finishing on time for the first time in many years. Among other things, the Legislature passed a stalled capital budget, addressed the longstanding issues around K-12 funding, increased homelessness and mental health funding, and passed a state Voting Rights Act. What characterized the session was also what didn’t pass. Read this overview of what passed, what didn’t, why cities came out strong, and AWC’s preparations for 2019. More

LRI logo2018 AWC City Priority outcomes
Check out our easy-to-use, pro/con formatted outcomes sheet to determine what happened with each of our city priorities this session, broken down into our four legislative priority categories. More

Soliciting Legislative Priorities Committee members
We are seeking city officials interested in serving on our AWC Legislative Priorities Committee. 40-50 elected and appointed officials from throughout the state serve a 2-year appointment. The committee considers and recommends legislative priority issues and positions to AWC’s Board of Directors. Learn more about the meetings and how to apply. More

Take action section

LRI logoSave the date for AWC's 85th Annual Conference!
June 26-29 | Yakima
AWC's Annual Conference offers something for everyone. Elected officials can earn 10 credits towards their Certificate of Municipal Leadership and return to their community with renewed ideas, insights, and contacts. Annual Conference this year will feature several sessions with updates on legislative issues. Registration will open mid-April. More

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Citgy Champion ScreenshotSeeking nominations for AWC's legislative City Champion Award!
The 2018 legislative session ended on time with numerous successes for cities! Did your legislator do great things for cities throughout the state? Did they sponsor or sign on to a bill that made cities stronger? Did they speak up publicly in support of city issues? If so, nominate them for AWC's 2018 City Champion Award! Winners will be selected in May and recognized with press releases and in-district presentations this summer. Send your nominations with a short explanation to Dave Williams by April 16.

Need to know setion

Budget & finance
City priorities found key support in budget, yet some issues remain. More

No significant change for state cannabis laws. More

Economic development
Economic development gains legislative attention. More

Two dozen energy and utility bills fail to advance. More

Federal Legislative Priorities update. More

General government
Session outcomes for Voting Rights Act and wrongful death statutes. More

Homelessness & human services
Housing, homelessness, & human services successes and frustrations. More

HR & labor relations
After years of stymied progress, many HR and labor bills pass. More

Land use & planning
Mixed bag on land use and environmental issues. More

Open government
Body camera bill passes, but no others. More

PERS 1 COLA passes, but few other pension changes. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Some key public safety issues tackled this session. More

Public works
Public works benefit from capital budget passage. More

A surprise ending to small cell technology discussions. More

Transportation legislative summary. More

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