Legislative Advocacy

May 10, 2017

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Get involved! Recruitment open – State boards and commissions
Want to make a difference by joining a statewide board or committee? Recruitment is now open for the following state boards and commissions through June 1:

  • State Board of Health
  • Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 Retirement Board
  • Capital Projects Advisory Review Board
  • Public Works Board
  • Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee

Learn what each board does and how you can apply. More

Congratulations Center for Quality Communities scholarship winners!

Congratulations to the six high school seniors who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from the AWC Center for Quality Communities. These outstanding young leaders will be recognized at AWC's Annual Conference in June. Thank you to all the city officials who donated to CQC and to the 43 cities that nominated students. Find out which students from which cities won. More

AWC Employee Benefit Trust soliciting for EBAC nominations
The AWC Employee Benefits Advisory Committee provides the AWC Board of Trustees direct input regarding the programs, provisions and operations of the AWC Trust Health Care Program. Mayors of cities/towns participating in the Trust’s core benefit programs were mailed nomination forms. Nominations due May 15. More

Infrastructure Week and National Public Works Week celebrate public works!
May 15-19 is U.S. Infrastructure Week and May 21-27 is National Public Works Week. These weeklong events are designed to garner public attention and support for the critical issue of infrastructure in America. Jump in on the effort! Become a partner, plan an event, advocate for revitalized and fully-funded state infrastructure programs, and tell your story.

UW and City of Tacoma announce Livable City Year partnership
University of Washington students and faculty will work with the City of Tacoma to advance the city's goals for livability and sustainability throughout the 2017-18 academic year. AWC is a foundational partner of this program, which provides an opportunity for UW students to gain real-world experience, and gives city staff the benefit of research and project assistance. See what AWC CEO Peter B. King said about the partnership. More

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Special session update – Where are legislators?
With just days left in the current special session, there are no visible signs that legislators are close to a budget agreement. Find out where legislators are at and what you can do to help cities remain strong in this update from our Government Relations Director. More

Remind legislators what state-shared revenues mean to your city
State budget proposals are still in limbo which means state-shared revenues are still at risk during negotiations. Find out what state-shared revenues your city is estimated to receive in 2017-19 (except for marijuana revenues which are distributed by actual sales). Select your city in the drop-down arrow box. Remind your legislators to uphold the state’s partnership with all 281 cities and continue to fully fund $225 million in critical shared revenues.

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Candidate filing is next week
Give prospective city election candidates this “So you want to be an elected official…” pamphlet that’s chock-full of information about city roles and responsibilities, how to work as part of a team, what cities do, and where to find more information. Also, use this handy sheet to share important dates, and links to the Public Disclosure Commission and Secretary of State. Candidate filing week is May 15-19.

Encourage others to volunteer for public service
In the wake of his council retirement, Bainbridge Island Mayor Val Tollefson makes the case for why everyone should volunteer for public service. Know someone who would be a good fit for city government? Share this bit of wisdom. More

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Certificate of Municipal Leadership programAnnual Conference sessions
June 20-23 | Vancouver, WA
Get a preview of some of the sessions you can expect to see at this year’s Annual Conference. Session topics include Pasco shooting lessons learned, how to engage residents, homelessness, the future of parks, GIS, working with the media, and much more.

Designated Employer Representative (DER) training
May 30 | Sedro-Woolley
This training covers key aspects of the DER's responsibilities, including oversight of DOT drug test collections, laboratory testing, result reporting, alcohol testing, random selections, and the return-to-duty process after a violation. More

AWC trainings & events

AWC Trust Regional Annual Meetings

May 24 & 25

Arlington, Centralia

AWC Annual Conference Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

June 20-23

Vancouver, WA

RMSA Annual Meeting & Dinner

June 22

Vancouver, WA

2017 Poverty Immersion workshop Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

June 23

Vancouver, WA

Other trainings

WAURISA GIS conference

May 15-18


Tools for funding future infrastructure projects Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

May 16


Making your job easier with MRSC’s services

May 18


DOR local government partnership

June 7 & June 15

Tumwater, Moses Lake

Stormwater Action Monitoring Symposium
June 1 | Renton
Mark your calendar for the first Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) findings symposium! This one-day event will showcase regional stormwater monitoring study findings. More

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