Legislative Advocacy

February 15, 2017

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Follow us during City Action Days
Approximately 380 city and town officials are in Olympia this week for our City Action Days conference to collectively tell state policymakers that strong cities make a great state! Whether or not you’re at the conference, follow the latest highlights on our Facebook or Twitter.

Get City Action Days materials at your finger tips
Download the City Action Days app and get all your information in one place. The app allows you to view conference program details, Legislative Priorities, issue briefs, talking points, other advocacy materials, sponsor information, and more. Check out AWC’s website for directions on how to access. More

New toolkit addresses homelessness and affordable housing crisis
AWC and MRSC have partnered to present a new publication that details the tools and actions some Washington cities have used in responding to the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. The Homelessness & housing toolkit for cities provides 18 real-world examples of cities responding to the growing crises. Included in the toolkit are articles on housing levies, tenant protections, tax exemptions, regional coalitions, emergency rental assistance and more. More

National Service Recognition Day
The Corporation for National and Community Service invites you to join more than 3,000 city and county officials in support of local leaders on April 4. This day is all about recognizing and thanking AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers for the work they do every day in your communities. Sign up in support of national service and find additional resources. More

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Homelessness and housing story map
Cities throughout the state are searching for local and statewide solutions to address increasing homeless populations, housing shortages, and a strained mental and behavioral health system. This story map profiles seven cities' experiences.

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Check out our hot sheet!
You don’t have to be in Olympia to tell your legislators what cities need. AWC’s “hot sheet” lists bills of interest for the week. This includes priority and other bills we need legislators to support, bills we are monitoring or would like to support if certain issues are addressed, and bills we need legislators to oppose. Check out this list and contact your legislators. More

Policy bills face a key deadline this Friday
The first of many cutoff dates, legislators have until week’s end to move bills out of policy committees in order to continue advancing in this year’s session. The good news is that most of AWC's priority policy bills are progressing. More

Understand the life of a bill and cut-off dates

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Save the date for LRI!
Labor Relations Institute is the premier training event for public sector human resources professionals in Washington. The Institute offers important legal updates, practical guidance, labor relations strategies and networking opportunities to help attendees navigate the complex and ever-changing world of HR. Attendees are limited to those who solely represent the interests of management. Reserve May 3-5 on your calendar. Registration opens February 22!

AWC trainings & events

City Action Days CML bug

February 15-16


Retro Safety Academy

March - September Dates

Marysville, Kennewick, Lacey, Bainbridge Island

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

March 7,8,9, April 20

Cheney, Ellensburg, Bothell

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23


Other trainings

Successful Strategies for Hiring the Right Person

February 22


U.S. Communities - New Online Marketplace

February 22 & 23


NLC Congressional City Conference

March 11-15

Washington D.C.



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