Legislative Advocacy

March 6, 2017

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City business license and tax proposals EHB 2005 passed the House and ESSB 5777 passed the Senate. AWC will continue to work with the business community, with the hope that any final bill assists businesses by streamlining the license process while protecting local authority. More

AWC priority public records bills pass the House! HB 1594 passed with a vote of 79-18 and HB 1595 passed with a vote of 75-22. Thank legislators who supported these bills. More

Check out our hot sheets that track the movement of bills that AWC is focused on this week. You are encouraged to add your voices by contacting your legislators to ask them for help to advance or stop these key bills.
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Cities told budget will be "devastatingly gloomy" – Tell your Senator why cities matter
We’ve learned that the budget proposal in the Senate will be “devastatingly gloomy” for cities. The state revenue forecast will be released on March 16, after which things will move quickly on Senate budget decisions. Tell your Senator or remind them that shared revenues make a difference in your community. More

Remind legislators what state-shared revenues mean to your city
State budget proposals are under development and budget writers are looking to find money wherever they can. The state-shared revenues your city is estimated to receive in 2017-19 (except for marijuana revenues which are distributed by actual sales) are available here. Select your city in the drop-down arrow box. It is critical you let your legislators know what these state-shared revenues mean to your city.

Talk about your budget challenges through your local media
See this article in the Kent Reporter, where AWC Board Member and Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke fills in her local reporter on a local budget issue that her community faces. Do you have a similar issue that you’d like to educate your community about? Contact your local media and tell them your story.

Keep contacting your Senators on lodging tax bill limiting city authority
SSB 5827 could be acted on by the Senate at any time. More

More town Hall Meetings have been scheduled
See the list here.

Budget & finance
Senate Ways & Means Committee is making key decisions for proposed budget and historic and valued shared operating revenues, programs and support for infrastructure are all at high risk. Call your Senator and tell them to work with their colleagues to protect these vital city resources. More

Environment & land use
Water bill passes in the Senate and now goes over to the House where more work will be needed to achieve final passage. More

General government
Bills requiring cities to provide emergency notices in languages other than English pass both houses. More

Human services
Bill consolidating state’s public health services passes House. More

Infrastructure
Bill that would affect apprenticeship utilization on all public works projects is on the move. More

SB 5049 would require cities to provide relocation assistance on projects. More

Personnel
Bill allowing for stress-related occupational diseases for firefighters and police officers moving in the House. More

Workers’ compensation reform bill on the move in the Senate. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Deadly force bill stalls in Senate but still may move later in session. More

Drug take back program continues to move through the Legislature. More

Transportation
Bills would enhance driver’s license requirements to comply with federal REAL ID law. More

House and Senate moving bills aimed at distracted driving. More

Bill would create community aviation loan program to provide funding assistance to small airports. More

 


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