Legislative Advocacy

April 12, 2017

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See who is running for the AWC Board
The AWC Board Nominating Committee met April 7 to compile a list of officer and director candidates for the AWC Board of Directors. The slate of candidates will be submitted to the AWC general membership during the Business Meeting on June 22. Read the chair’s report to see who is running for the board. More

AWC’s two public records bills have made it through the Senate
AWC’s priority bills, HB 1594 and HB 1595, have been voted on and made it out of the Senate. The bills are among AWC’s top priorities this session and deal with changes to the state’s Public Records Act. Due to the bills being amended in the Senate, they must now get approval by the House before heading to the Governor’s Office. More

Attorney General issues guidance for local governments on immigration enforcement
Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson released guidance for local governments about the immigration rights of Washington residents. The guidance addresses local jurisdictions' interactions when responding to federal authorities about immigration. More

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AWC’s positions on the 2017-19 budgets and revenue
Let your legislators know what’s important before it’s too late. Curious about AWC’s stance on the issues? See our hot sheet to learn about what we support, and what we don't, in both the House and Senate operating and capital budgets. More

Funding the Public Works Trust Fund

Over the past several years, the Legislature has responded to the economic recession by diverting infrastructure funds to basic government. Watch this video to learn more about the need for the Senate and House to fund the Public Works Trust Fund. More

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DHS FEMA assistance to firefighters & fire prevention and safety grants
Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Assistance announced a $1.5 million grant program for activities designed to mitigate death and injuries caused by fire hazards and for research and development activities that improve firefighter safety. Application deadline is May 19. More

Transportation Improvement Board Emergency Pavement Repair Program
The Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) recently approved an Emergency Pavement Repair Program. Cities under 5,000 in population or with an assessed value of less than $2 billion are eligible to receive grants for up to $50,000. Application deadline is May 31. More

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Cityvision | On the horizon: Forecasting tools for a dynamic future
This new edition of Cityvision explores the future of cities. Read about how cities in Washington are using data and forecasting tools to plan for the future in their communities. More

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Small City Connectors Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
April 17 | La Conner
April 19 | Tenino

Don't miss these two opportunities to connect with other city officials from small cities! Attend these free events to talk about programs with AWC and the Washington Department of Commerce, meet with your peers, and enjoy a catered dinner and door prizes. More

Look here next week: Annual Conference registration will open Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
June 20-23 | Vancouver, WA
Registration will open on April 19 for both exhibitors and attendees. AWC’s Annual Conference is packed with sessions and events designed to educate and inspire city officials and staff. Check here next week and get ready— hotels book up quickly! More

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

April - September dates

Lacey, Bainbridge Island

Small City Connectors Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

April & May dates

La Conner, Tenino, Pateros, Chewelah, Dayton

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

April 19 & 20

Tenino, Bothell

Labor Relations Institute Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

May 3-5


Other trainings

VW settlement webinar

April 17


Sanctuary jurisdictions legal issues

April 18


Tools for funding future infrastructure projects

April 20 & May 16

Yakima, Reardan

Route Fifty Roadshow

May 2


Infrastructure funding programs

May 4


MuniCon 2017

May 16 & 17


Sanctuary jurisdictions legal issues webinar
April 18 | Webinar
President Trump's January 25 Executive Order on "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States," and specifically its provisions related to "sanctuary jurisdictions," have been subject to litigation. This webinar will help local government officials understand, and learn how to explain the legal issues at stake in this litigation. More

MuniCon 2017
May 16 & 17 | Yakima
In Washington, stormwater science and regulations are on our minds as low impact development (LID) becomes a requirement. This event is specifically designed to address current issues in statewide stormwater permits and to present new ideas, projects, and resources. Register before April 16 to take advantage of early registration pricing. More

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