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April 30, 2018

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From the director section

Voting Rights Act resources now available
Learn how the Voting Rights Act impacts your city before it takes effect on June 7. More

Legislature’s action on police initiative ruled unconstitutional
A trial court ruled that the Legislature violated the state constitution when they passed an amendment to the use-of-deadly force initiative before voting to approve the initiative itself. More

From the director section

Five things you can expect from AWC
Spring is an important time for building AWC’s legislative program. Learn about the five things that we are working on for you this spring. More

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New tools to address zombie homes

May 31 | Webinar
Abandoned homes (also known as zombie homes) have a number of negative implications for cities including crime, public safety issues, lower property values, lack of community cohesion, and lower tax revenue – to name a few. This AWC webinar explores existing and new options for cities to address the impacts these properties have on their communities. More

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View AWC’s Voting Rights Act webinar
In case you missed the webinar on April 25, it is now available by request for viewing or listening. This AWC webinar enables cities to both understand their risk and seize their opportunity in this new legal landscape. One of the most highly anticipated outcomes of the 2018 legislative session was passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act. Cities now want to understand what this new legislation means for their jurisdictions when it goes into effect this June. More

Need to know setion

Budget & finance
City B&O tax apportionment task force continues to discuss potential changes simplifying current service income factor. More

Business license threshold on track for July 1 deadline to complete draft of model ordinance. More

Streamlined Sales Tax Advisory Committee progress. More

Cannabis
Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court ruling that a county can lawfully ban the retail sale of cannabis within its incorporated areas. More

Economic development
CERB introduces new rural broadband program. More

Governor Inslee designates 139 places in Washington as “Opportunity Zones” for investors. More

Federal
2018 Infrastructure Week is May 14-21. More

Culverts case heard in U.S. Supreme Court. More

General government
2017 Lodging Tax expenditure data due. More

Local government partnership meetings. More

The Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of local governments in a recent recreational immunity case. More

Homelessness & human services
City of Poulsbo hosts Co-Responder Summit. More

HR & labor relations
Washington AG releases two new workplace rights guides. More

Labor and Industries is taking input on new minimum wage exemption rules. More

Open government
JLARC updates their public records data reporting guidance document. More

The Washington State Archives is offering two free records management trainings. More

Transportation
USDOT replaces TIGER grant program with BUILD grant program. More

Work continues to prioritize improvements to more than 300 at-grade railroad crossings identified by a city-funded report in 2016. More


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