Legislative Advocacy

December 12, 2016

The Legislative Bulletin is produced monthly during the interim. We will resume weekly production January 9, 2017.

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Governor’s budget expected this week.
Find out where you can find AWC’s analysis. More

Task force adopts recommendations for city business tax and licensing simplification.
Recommended items represent a significant compromise on the part of cities. More

How might a closely divided Legislature help or hinder AWC’s 2017 agenda?
As legislators prepare to start their session on January 9, they come back to several looming challenges in addition to K-12 education funding. More

Adopt your city legislative agenda and share it
If you haven’t already adopted your city’s legislative agenda, you should soon – session will be here before you know it! Visit our website to see examples of other cities’ legislative agendas and send us your 2017 agenda so we can post it. Also, be sure to share what your city needs with the media.

Mayors Exchange
January 18 | Olympia
Gather for this special lobby day accompanied by an engaging daylong session to network with fellow mayors, city managers, and administrators and talk about your city budgets, share news from home, and interact with legislators on important city issues. Register now!

City Action Days!  
February 15-16 | Olympia
Held annually during the legislative session, City Action Days is AWC's two-day legislative conference that brings city and town officials to Olympia to learn about our priorities and push the city agenda forward. Register now!

Cities 101 – Revenues and expenses
This Cities 101 video focuses on city revenues and expenses. Share to inform community members about where city revenues come from, the important city services they support, and that vibrant cities need reliable and stable revenue to fund the many things we love about our cities.

Budget & finance
Lodging tax reporting system open. Report your 2016 expenditures by March 1. More

Environment & land use
State Supreme Court decision on water availability determinations in counties is likely to lead to an attempt at a legislative fix. AWC will monitor closely to avoid unintended consequences for cities. More

AWC is cooperating with other stakeholders on a multi-faceted housing, homelessness and accountability agenda. More

AWC is working on a new strategy to refresh the city-state infrastructure partnership with a centerpiece of updating and retooling the Public Works Trust Fund for the next 30 years. More

Marijuana industry beats revenue expectations again. More

Open government
PRA stakeholder group on verge of concluding, legislative proposals in the works. More

Study looks at merger of LEOFF 1 & 2 pension systems. More
Employers seek workers’ compensation reforms. More
Court halts implementation of new FLSA rule. More
New minimum wage takes effect on January 1. More

Public safety & criminal justice
State task force concludes work and recommends changes to deadly force law. More

Legislators and Governor’s staff lay out expectations for 2017 session and talk about Real ID, urban congestion, and ongoing needs and funding challenges. More

Providers tell legislative committee that local governments need to do more to facilitate rollout of small cell networks. More


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