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May 22, 2017

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From the director section

First special session ending – will a second help or hurt cities?
Partisan gridlock is alive and well in Olympia as the 30-day special session concludes in a near-empty Capitol on May 23. Learn what’s likely to happen in June. More

Hot topic section

AWC priority public records bills signed into law by Governor
Bill 1595 signing by Inslee Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1594 and HB 1595, AWC’s two priority public records bills. The effective date of the two bills is July 23, 2017. More

What does it mean for cities if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30?
In 2015, the state faced similar budget gridlock and made a contingency plan for what would happen if a budget was not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1. Find out what a government shutdown would mean for cities. More

Things you can do section

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.

 

Need to know setion

Budget & finance
The Department of Revenue is hosting its annual meetings with local governments to connect with department staff and other jurisdictions on June 7 and 15. More

General government
Bill that requires ballot drop boxes in cities, towns signed into law. More

Marijuana
AG opinion requested on LEOFF 1 coverage of medical marijuana. More

Open government
New non-English emergency notice requirements signed into law. More

Personnel
New law creates requirements for accommodating an employee’s pregnancy. More

Paid sick leave draft rules released and public comment needed. More

Telecommunications
New small cell bill introduced. More

Media time section

Saving the Public Works Trust Fund is within our grasp
Screenshot of PWTF video with Carl Schroeder
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.


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