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May 21, 2018

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JLARC public records reporting system open
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee’s (JLARC) public records data reporting system is now open. Cities and towns required to report under the law will have until July 1 to submit their performance metrics to JLARC. More

Deadline for reporting lodging tax approaching quickly
May 30 is the deadline for submitting 2017 lodging tax expenditures to JLARC. Learn how to access the reporting site and/or review the data if you have already submitted expenditures. More

Model business license threshold feedback from the business community
The city business license model threshold workgroup continues to consult with the business community on the provisions of the threshold. Learn about the draft model business license language and workgroup deadlines. More

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elearning-icon-75Register for AWC’s 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

Register now! BUILD Transportation Grants webinars
Due to heightened interest in USDOT's announcement of its new BUILD program (formerly the TIGER program), their webinars are reaching capacity. As a result, USDOT will provide additional webinars throughout the month of June. The recorded May webinars will soon be available on the BUILD website. More

Media time section

Guidelines for elected and appointed officials' participation in elections
It's filing week for legislative elections. Both elected officials and city staff need to understand Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) guidelines and restrictions before participating in any elections activities, such as taking a position on a ballot measure or endorsing a candidate for political office. Check out these resources and common examples of activities city officials may and may not do. More

Personal endorsements of legislative candidates
Local elected officials may choose to support candidates in their private capacity, as is allowed by law. City officials may use their title for identification purposes, but should not use public facilities or equipment for communications, and should make clear that it is their personal view.

From the director section

CityChampionAwardSaying thanks & getting ready for the long 2019 legislative session
AWC’s 2018 session accomplishments occurred thanks to the help, leadership, and partnership of many individuals and groups. Discover who won this year’s AWC City Champion Award. Plus, learn about our upcoming legislative candidate questionnaire and ways you can use it to help cities stay strong in 2019. More

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Economic development
State House Rural Democratic Caucus met with stakeholders in Port Angeles. More

Environment & natural resources
Alternative fuels mandate for fleets starts in June, but don’t panic – there is significant flexibility on implementation. More

Listen to how other cities and counties are handling China’s ban on recyclable materials and lend your voice to the solution. More

Report on the most comprehensive municipal stormwater survey ever done just released. Read about the key findings and recommendations. More

Puget Sound Nutrient Forum begins their work to address human sources of nutrients in the Sound. It is important that cities are part of the discussion as this issue will become more critical as our population continues to grow. More

Solid waste handling rules delayed due to numerous comments on proposed rules. More

Next phase of work on water issues begin. Read about what’s next for Foster and Hirst fixes. More

Homelessness & human services
AWC participates in discussions on state behavioral health reform. More

HR & labor relations
ESD updates on Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking. More

Share your input on minimum wage exemption rulemaking. More

Land use & planning
Housing affordability concerns reaching a boiling point across the state. More

Open government
Free local government public records consultation. More

Applications for the Local Records Grant Program open soon. More

Public Records Act Model Rules updated. More

Public works
AWC highlights city infrastructure needs during Infrastructure Week. More

FCC presentation on challenging mobile data availability. More

Governor’s staff convenes broadband discussion. More

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