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19

Feb

2018

Voting Rights Act on its way to enactment – Critical city improvements not included

Although the House version of the Voting Rights Act bill, HB 1800, died on Valentine’s Day, its most concerning aspects for cities were brought back to life in the substitute version of SB 6002 that passed the House State Government, Elections, & IT Committee.

16

Feb

2018

Wrongful death bill that expands city tort liability is still alive and moving

SB 6015 survived the cutoff and is still moving through the Legislature.

16

Feb

2018

Local taxing districts transparency bill moves forward

Substantial changes were made to the taxing district transparency bill SB 6587.

9

Feb

2018

Bill requiring cities to itemize taxes on utility bills moves to rules

Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) introduced SB 6587 late last week.

9

Feb

2018

Voting Rights Act bill rescheduled for committee action on Thursday

Although SB 6002 was scheduled for action by the House State Government, Elections & IT Committee last week, it was removed from the schedule and rescheduled for Thursday, February 15.

2

Feb

2018

Voting Rights Act bill scheduled for committee action on Wednesday

SB 6002 is scheduled for action by the House State Government, Elections & IT Committee at 8 am on Wednesday, February 7.

2

Feb

2018

Bill would set disclosure requirements for utility bills

SB 6587 would require cities to disclose on utility bills an “itemized listing of all rates and charges, including the amount of state and local taxes collected and paid by the city or town, and whether taxes are collected on behalf of other political subdivisions.”

29

Jan

2018

Senate’s Voting Rights Act bill being considered in House committee

SB 6002 was heard in the House State Government, Elections & IT Committee last Friday.

22

Jan

2018

Senate passes substitute version of Voting Rights Act bill; House considering its own substitute

The Senate passed ESSB 6002 on Friday, two weeks into session.

15

Jan

2018

Voting Rights Act bills heard – Senate committee passes a substitute bill

Both the House and Senate heard bills during the first week of session that could change whether your city council elections take place citywide or are divided by voting district.

5

Jan

2018

Hearings scheduled for Voting Rights Act bills that could impact how city councilmembers get elected

Both the House and Senate will hear bills this week that could change whether your city council elections take place citywide or are divided by voting district.

18

Dec

2017

Another bill seeks to implement a Washington Voting Rights Act

Proposals implementing a state Voting Rights Act have been introduced and debated in the Legislature for several years.

13

Nov

2017

Early action on state Voting Rights Act legislation expected in 2018 session

For a number of years, the Legislature has debated proposals to create a Washington State Voting Rights Act.

19

May

2017

Bill that requires ballot drop boxes in cities, towns signed into law

SB 5472 was signed into law on May 16 which requires county auditors to establish a minimum of one ballot box for each 15,000 registered voters in the county and in each city, town, and census-designated place in the county that has a post office.

7

Apr

2017

Senate considers bill to reduce government tort liability

Sen. Dino Rossi (R-Sammamish) has sponsored SB 5896 which would reduce state and local government liability in numerous ways.
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