Legislative Advocacy

January 30, 2017

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AWC public records bills showing strong bipartisan support dropped last week. More

Eyes toward the other Washington as a new administration and Congress take the stage. Understand how AWC is engaging and what’s planned for our Federal Priority development process. More

AWC priority policy bills on the move
Entering week four of an (at least) 15-week legislative session, a number of AWC priority bills have been introduced. Learn what is in the mix and how you can help further the city agenda. More


AWC priority bill to increase and stabilize homeless funding heard last week
AWC's priority bill HB 1570, which increases and stabilizes homeless funding, was heard last week in the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee. Review AWC's data tool to see how these funds are invested in your community. Use this information to share the importance of this funding with your House and Senate members.

We look forward to seeing more than 300 city officials at City Action Days on February 15-16 in Olympia. Here are three things you can do before you arrive:

  1. Make appointments to meet with your legislators. The best day to do this is Thursday, February 16 when conference activities are hosted on the hill.
  2. Invite legislators to key conference events. Ask your legislators to join you at the Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 15, and/or breakfast or lunch at the tent on the Capitol Campus on Thursday, February 16. Check out the conference schedule for details.
  3. Contact the media to tell them why you’re coming. It is important you use the media to let constituents and state decision makers know what your city needs. Remind them of AWC’s Legislative Priorities as well as your city’s legislative agenda. Let them know you’ll be amongst 300 other city officials in Olympia to tell legislators that strong cities make a great state.

Not registered for City Action Days yet? Do so now! This is one conference city officials can’t afford to miss.

Budget & finance
House Committee considers proposal to restore city and county liquor revenue. More

Proposal linking annual property tax increases to inflation and population growth introduced. More

Environment & land use
Bill would allow for rail dependent uses along short-line railroads outside of urban growth areas. More

The regulation of private septic systems is drawing the Legislature’s attention. We welcome your feedback on a number of bills. More

Bill would remove sunset on SEPA safe harbor for transit-oriented projects but adds new requirement for low-income housing. More

Numerous proposals on the state’s building code adoption process have been introduced. More

Federal
Learn about presidential authority to issue an executive order, how they've been used in the past, and what checks and balances the courts provide. More

Human services
Bill would pre-empt city authority to offer safe injection sites. More

Infrastructure
Bill would undermine claims process in construction contracts. More

Bill would require cities to pay relocation assistance when property is acquired for public purpose. More

Marijuana
Bill that penalizes cities for local restrictions on marijuana retailers moves forward. More

Open government
Bills exempt public employee addresses from GPS data. More

Personnel
Another busy week for personnel bills. Proposals clarify workers’ compensation responsibilities for offender work crews and prohibit asking an applicant’s salary history. More

Transportation
Pavement preservation report bill scheduled for hearing this week. More

 


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