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May 20, 2019

This is your Legislative Bulletin: Session Recap, which summarizes the 2019 legislative session. The Legislative Bulletin will be produced monthly during the interim.

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2019 was a solid session for cities – now we look ahead to 2020
This Session Recap highlights all the bills we have written about throughout this session and summarizes the most significant issues and happenings in the various subject areas we track. More

LegPrioritiesOutcomesthumbnail2019 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 by priority categories.


Take action section

Explore potential impacts to cities from I-976
Initiative 976 (I-976) is often described as the “$30 car tab initiative,” but it also proposes significant changes to many other aspects of the state’s transportation system, including repeal of the authority for city Transportation Benefit Districts (TBDs) to impose fees. The Legislature did not act on the initiative; therefore, I-976 will be presented to voters during the next general election, this November. Find out more about how this initiative might impact your city here.

Media time section

Join us for a session recap webinar on May 29
May 29 | Webinar
If you are looking for more about the session that just ended, please join us for a live webinar on May 29, and learn what happened during the 2019 session. We will also begin the look ahead to 2020. Register at our May 29 session recap webinar page.

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Affordable housing
Affordable housing takes center stage; slower year on homelessness. More

Budget & finance
Tough budget decisions amid new revenue. More

Late breaking proposal stabilizes and strengthens toxic cleanup and prevention systems. More

Economic development
Economic development wins and losses. More

A few major energy policy bills enacted this year. More

Environment & natural resources
Plastics, recycling, and orcas drive environmental policy changes for cities. More

General government
General government grab bag. More

Homelessness & human services
Addressing the behavioral health system: improvements made, more work to be done. More

HR & labor relations
2019 Legislature passes an array of personnel bills. More

Land use & planning
Land use bills matrix. More

Open government
Many open government bills introduced, few become law. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Key public safety and cannabis issues addressed this session. More

Public works
Infrastructure funding takes a hit again, but some good news for public works contracting. More

Progress made towards a systems approach to correct fish-blocking culverts. More

A busy year for Washington transportation policy. More

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