Legislative Advocacy

April 17, 2017

The Legislative Bulletin is produced weekly during the legislative session.

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Saving the Public Works Trust Fund is within our grasp
In combination with funding provided in both proposed capital budgets, final passage of the House version of SB 5033 would effectively revive the Public Works Trust Fund. We are close to that outcome, but a crucial step now is to get the Senate to concur in the House's striking amendment. More

Public records priority bills continuing to move
HB 1594 and HB 1595 have both been voted out by the Senate and head back to the House for concurrence. If the House concurs with the changes, the bills will then go to the Governor’s Office. More

Pending special session, budget impasse impacts cities
Budget leaders from the House Democrats and Senate Republicans are failing to negotiate in the final days of session. Find out what each side is saying, AWC’s position on the issues, and what you can do. More

Contact your Senators to help save the Public Works Trust Fund
In combination with funding provided in both proposed capital budgets, final passage of the House version of SB 5033 would effectively revive the Public Works Trust Fund. We are close to that outcome but a crucial step now is to get the Senate to concur in the House's striking amendment. Please contact your Senator(s) now and urge them to concur on the House-passed version of SB 5033.

Next week’s Bulletin
Sine die is April 23. Depending upon legislative action taking place in the final hours of the regular session, next week’s Legislative Bulletin may be delayed until Tuesday.

Budget & finance
Business license bill passes Senate. More

Fiscal flexibility bill does not advance. More

Data on impacts of House and Senate education funding proposals available. More

Federal
Congress in recess – AWC and partners talk infrastructure. More

Infrastructure
Subcontractor bonding bill passes legislature. More

Marijuana
Marijuana regulation fix bill passes House, heads for concurrence in Senate. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Distracted driving bill passes out of the House and is closer to becoming law. More

Transportation
Pavement condition reporting bill passes legislature. WSDOT will examine need for future pavement reporting requirements for cities. More

Bill increasing airport grants headed for Governor’s desk. More

Funding the LEOFF 2 Pension Plan

A Senate proposed cost shift would eliminate the state’s 20% share of LEOFF 2 contributions and increase city expenses by more than $70 million in the next biennium. Watch the video to learn more about the issue. More


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