Legislative Advocacy

May 17, 2017

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Governor signs AWC’s priority public records bills

Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1594 and HB 1595, AWC’s two priority public records bills. AWC would like to thank Reps. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) and Terry Nealey (R-Dayton) for their bipartisan leadership along with many other legislators. Additionally, we send thanks to our colleagues at the Washington Association of Counties for their partnership as well as the other local government associations who supported the effort. The effective date of the two bills is July 23, 2017. More

Five things you can do during special session
Legislators are in overtime pending a budget deal. Here are five actions you can take now:

  1. Meet with legislators and give specific examples of why state-shared revenues matter to you.
  2. Invite legislators to a council meeting and discuss how your city relies on state revenues and programs.
  3. Ask for a commitment from your legislators that they won’t support a budget deal that reduces the state-shared revenues that cities count on.
  4. Talk to your local media and explain how cuts in state-shared revenues would impact your budget.
  5. Read this mailer to discover what’s at stake for cities and key messages.

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Annual Conference early bird rates end soon Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
June 20-23 | Vancouver, WA
Are you planning to attend the AWC Annual Conference in Vancouver next month? If so, register soon to take advantage of early bird pricing. Early bird rates end on Monday, May 22. Register today!

Submit your voting delegates for the AWC Business Meeting

Only 18 cities have submitted voting delegates for AWC’s June 22 Business Meeting, which takes place during Annual Conference! Elect your Board of Directors – the people who guide your association's activities. Submit your delegates by June 15 and make sure this meeting is on your calendar! More

Thank you for connecting, small cities!
A big tip of the hat to everyone who helped make this year’s Small City Connectors a great success! We had over 114 attendees representing 58 cities and towns at the five events hosted by Tenino, La Conner, Pateros, Chewelah, and Dayton. Find pictures, quotes, and resources from the Connectors. More

L&I seeking paid sick leave input
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is seeking input on rules governing the state’s paid sick leave law. Deadline for input is May 31. More

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

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All eyes on infrastructure – it’s Infrastructure Week!
In light of national Infrastructure Week, follow us on Twitter and use the hashtags #TimeToBuild and #BuildWA to highlight the need for increased infrastructure investment.

Saving the Public Works Trust Fund is within our grasp

We are at a crossroads with the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF). Coming into the 2017 session, we faced the very real possibility that all tax revenues and loan repayments would be permanently diverted, effectively shutting down the program for good. Fortunately, both the House and Senate have proposed some level of funding in their budgets to preserve the program. That’s a good sign, but the PWTF could still be cut in the final budget negotiations. We need to keep up the pressure on legislators to make sure that the program continues. Watch this video to learn more and talk to your legislators about the importance of this program.

AWC and partners outline needs, benefits of federal infrastructure investment
In March, AWC joined with partners representing counties, ports and businesses to make the case to the new administration and Congress that Washington State is a wise choice for federal infrastructure investment. Since that time, AWC CEO and his counterparts from partner associations have shared the report, Building the Economy: Infrastructure Needs in Washington, with members of our congressional delegation while home on recess, staff in Washington D.C., and with the Senate Transportation Committee members in Olympia.

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Short Course on Local Planning Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
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The Short Course is the preeminent training tool on land use for local officials in Washington. This three-hour workshop covers comprehensive planning and plan implementation under the state Growth Management Act (GMA). Content covers land use planning laws, Open Public Meeting Act requirements, and planning best practices. Find out if a Short Course is coming near you, or watch the short course video series. More

AWC trainings & events

AWC Trust Annual Regional Meetings

May 24 & 25

Arlington, Centralia

Designated Employer Representative

May 30


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

Making your job easier with MRSC’s services

May 18


Business partnership forum

June 1


DOR local government partnership

June 7 & June 15

Tumwater, Moses Lake

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