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June 8, 2020

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Important HB 1406 deadline approaching
July 28 marks an important deadline for cities implementing the Encouraging Investments in Affordable and Supportive Housing Act (HB 1406), passed in the 2019 legislative session. Cities that have adopted a resolution of intent to impose the new tax credit must now adopt an ordinance to authorize the tax credit. If this is not done by July 28, the city cannot participate in the program and will miss out on 20 years of shared revenue for affordable housing. More

New PFML rule takes effect soon—AWC advocates for repeal
Starting June 14, new rules from the Employment Security Department (ESD) will require an employer to maintain medical benefits for the duration of an employee’s Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML), if any portion of it overlaps with federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) authorized leave. More

Department of Commerce’s guidance for CARES Act funding
The Washington Department of Commerce recently updated its guidance for cities’ use of CARES Act coronavirus relief funds. Cities can cover critical expenses arising from the COVID-19 emergency, including isolation and quarantine sites, health care staffing, procurement of medical supplies and equipment, and planning for safe reopening and recovery. More

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AttendeeMapVirtual Annual Conference – See which cities are registered!
June 23-26 | Online
There’s something for everyone at this year’s free AWC Annual Conference Online. Learn how to master meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order, create an effective year-round advocacy program, develop a social media plan for your small town, and lead optimistically through times of uncertainty. It’s completely free and online, so make sure someone from your city is registered! Check out the conference map to see who is already registered and which cities are represented. Register now!

Race, Equity, and Leadership resources
NLC’s Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) initiative aims to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. The REAL program offers many resources to read and share.

Take action section

Help develop AWC’s legislative priorities
Please take 5 to 10 minutes to complete the 2021 Legislative Priorities Survey. Your response will help inform AWC's Legislative Priorities Committee as it develops next year's legislative agenda and recommends it to the AWC Board of Directors this fall. The survey deadline is June 12. We look forward to hearing from you!

Take the Housing Trust Fund's rural technical assistance survey
To incentivize housing investments in rural and underserved communities, the Housing Trust Fund program is reassessing their rural technical assistance policies. Do you work for a rural community? What does effective technical assistance look like for you? Please complete this survey by June 30.

Provide feedback through the Broadband Planning Assessment Survey
In order to determine the unserved broadband needs in Washington, the Public Works Board (PWB) is seeking responses to the Statewide Broadband Planning Assessment Survey. The survey will help the PWB plan for feasibility, pre-construction, and construction and help define the overall need for broadband accessibility throughout Washington.

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Cities balance reopening, protecting public health, and conversations about racial equity and policing
Just when city officials thought that they had enough to manage with the COVID-19 public health emergency and the resulting economic crisis, we were starkly reminded of the unfinished work facing us and our communities around racial equity, racism, and policing. More

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Affordable housing
Grants available for affordable multifamily rental housing. More

Budget & finance
Changes to utility tax disclosures take effect this month. More

Environment & natural resources
First reports on statewide plastic packaging since the 1990s released. More

Climate change planning grants available. More

Rulemaking begins to standardize climate impacts assessments. More

General government
Additional data breach reporting requirements take effect June 11. More

Land use & planning
Ecology requests reviewers for updated wetland mitigation guidance. More

Open government
New public records exemptions begin soon. More

OPMA & PRA emergency waivers and suspensions extended through June 17. More

Public safety & criminal justice
New sexual assault kit storage requirements taking effect. More

New law impacts state & federal law enforcement actions at court facilities. More

Public works
Public Works Board hosting broadband infrastructure webinars in June. More

Transportation
WSDOT releases its Local Programs Biannual 2020 Report. More


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