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April 15, 2019

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Budget Action Alert
Three key messages to deliver on the final state budget. More

Help needed to pass public works bid limit bill
SB 5418, a bill increasing city public works project bid limits and increasing the limit for using the small works roster alternative bid process, is currently held up in the House Rules Committee. Contact your Representatives by April 17 and ask them to move SB 5418 to the House floor for a vote. More

Action needed to support MTCA reforms
The Senate is considering a bill that significantly reforms the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and provides new revenues for city priorities such as toxic cleanup and dedicated stormwater funding. Let your delegation know how important this is to your city. More

Key density bill passes Senate and retains local authority
One of the key housing-related bills advancing this session, HB 1923, passed the Senate over the weekend. Amendments made on the Senate floor contain our advocated-for provisions to retain local decision-making authority, provide the necessary flexibility to address cities’ unique housing challenges, and include resources to assist with the cost of implementation. More

Take action section

ConferenceLogo150Save the date for AWC's Annual Conference!
June 25-28 | Spokane
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. Registration opens April 17 in our CityVoice e-newsletter. More

Make sure to report your lodging tax expenditures by May 15
Cities and counties that collect lodging tax are required to report annual expenditures to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee’s (JLARC) website.

Media time section

AWC Lobby Day video
Check out our fun and celebratory Lobby Day video from our event in March. Thanks to those who came to Olympia to advocate on behalf of cities! If you couldn’t make it, watch this short video to catch the flavor of the day. More

Learn about the Capital Budget from state capital budget leaders on TVW’s Inside Olympia

From the director section

Final cutoff looms while budget negotiations are ongoing
April 17 is the final cutoff deadline for bills that are not NTIB (necessary to implement the budget) to pass out of the opposite house. There are still around 550 policy bills in play. Budget negotiators are meeting to work out the final versions of the budget prior to the April 28 adjournment. Find out AWC’s remaining priorities and ways you can help ensure that cities get the support they need. More

Need to know setion

Affordable housing
Affordable housing development by religious organizations bill amended and passes the Senate. More

Opportunity to join coalition letter of support for AWC priority housing bill. More

Self-help housing companion bills diverge. More

Budget & finance
City B&O tax annual filer and apportionment bills pass. More

House B&O surcharge proposal has potential impacts for city utilities. More

Bill changing firefighters’ pension levy spending options passes House. More

Attend a Local Government Partnership Meeting with the Department of Revenue. More

Environment & natural resources
Bill sets new state goal for food waste reduction. More

Homelessness & human services
Priority REET bill passes Legislature. More

Bill establishing new law enforcement grant program advances. More

Trueblood bill advances in House. More

Opioid treatment bill moves in House. More

HR & labor relations
First-responder occupational disease compromise bill passes Senate. More

Senate amends and passes union dues bill. More

Land use & planning
Tiny house communities bill passes Legislature. More

Open government
House committee moves public records availability bill. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill addressing impaired driving amended in Senate. More

Bill addressing sexual assault kits passes the Legislature. More

Public works
Broadband access gains momentum in both Washingtons. More

On-site sewage systems bill passes Legislature. More

Delivery robot bill passes Senate. More

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