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Published on Aug 19, 2019

Congratulations to the new Speaker of the House

Contact: Candice Bock

The House Democrats met at the end of July to elect the next speaker of the House to replace long-time Speaker Frank Chopp (D–Seattle). The House Democrats chose Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D–Tacoma) as Speaker-designate. Rep. Jinkins has served in the Legislature since 2011 and most recently served as Chair of the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee. Rep. Jinkins’ election is historic in that she is the first women and first open lesbian to serve as speaker. AWC sent a letter of congratulations and a pair of AWC socks to Rep. Jinkins (around the Capitol she is known for her unique socks and for curating the twitter hash tag #walegsocks).

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Speaker-designate Jinkins will officially be selected as speaker when session begins in January 2020. Former Speaker Frank Chopp filled the role for an unprecedented 20 years. He announced during the 2019 session that he would be stepping down from that role. Rep. Chopp will continue to serve in the Legislature. Rep. John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) has been serving as acting speaker and will continue to do so during the interim.

State of the Cities survey on the way

AWC’s State of the Cities project takes a look at the issues facing Washington’s cities and towns and identifies common issues and trends as well as what cities need to succeed. We are currently gathering data for the next iteration of State of the Cities and as part of that effort we will be sending out a survey to mayors and city managers this week. If you get the survey, please take the time to complete it. The data you share is instrumental in telling the city story.

2020 Legislative Priorities

AWC’s Legislative Priorities Committee has continued to work throughout the summer via subject-specific subcommittees to review issues for possible inclusion in AWC’s 2020 Legislative Priorities. The full committee will meet again in early September to make recommendations to AWC’s Board of Directors.

If your city has an issue that you would like to see considered as part of the 2020 agenda, please let AWC Advocacy staff know as soon as possible.

Have you met with your legislators yet this summer?

AWC is continuing to focus on our theme of “year-round advocacy”. To be effective city advocates, we all have to pitch in and we can’t wait until the legislative session starts. Now is the best time to be building relationships and communicating with your legislators. So, if you haven’t yet, give them a call and invite them to coffee, invite them for a quick tour of a city project, or ask them to come to a council meeting. Need some additional inspiration - revisit AWC’s Pocket Guide or the infographic below.

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  • Round up of land use bills after cutoff

  • Opioid treatment bill moves to the House

  • Summary of environmental bills at cutoff

  • Transparency of local utility taxing districts bill amended

  • Bill to encourage pollinator habitat passes Senate

  • Density bill improves for cities

  • Enhanced State Treasurer services moving forward with a change

  • Vacating cannabis misdemeanor convictions bill advances

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  • Bills addressing protection orders advance

  • Bill to provide immunity from prostitution charges in limited circumstances advances

  • Bill that requires actions by officers in response to domestic violence continues to move

  • Bill that helps fire departments recover cleanup costs passes House

  • Bill concerning criminal penalties for licensed marijuana retailers moves to Senate

  • Bill addressing impaired driving statutes moves to the Senate

  • New prevailing wage rates for landscape maintenance

  • 2019 Session passes the halfway mark

  • Wayfair implementation increases city sales tax collections

  • Bill to expand alternatives to arrest, creates grant program, advances to Senate

  • Ecology’s recycling market response bill passes the House

  • Plastic product stewardship bill passes Senate in very different form

  • Narrowed version of SEPA exemption bill for homeless housing passes Senate

  • Public works contracting modernization bill passes out of Senate

  • PFML technical fix moves to Senate

  • Community forest bill passes out of Senate as a pilot program

  • Trueblood settlement bill advances

  • New transportation package, Forward Washington, moves out of committee

  • Senate passes privacy bill limiting use of facial recognition technology

  • Public records exemption bill passes House

  • Progress made on AWC’s public records reporting bill

  • Update on our BLEA priority

  • Bill clarifies role of municipal courts to enter temporary protection orders

  • Open public meeting expansion bill waiting for vote

  • House passes expansion of volunteer firefighter pension benefits

  • House passes rural development and opportunity zone bill

  • Bill to provide for a continuum of care for behavioral health patients advances

  • Wrongful death bill passes Senate

  • Proposal to allow tiny house communities passes Senate

  • Animal fighting bill advances

  • Public works bills passed House and heading to Senate

  • Plastic bag and straw bills pass Senate

  • On-site sewage systems bill passes Senate

  • Two condo liability reform bills switch to other chamber

  • Found property bill passes House

  • House heard proposed changes to Voting Rights Act

  • Focus is on floor action, while budget challenges continue to loom

  • Proposed changes to Voting Rights Act pass Senate

  • Density bill gets worse for cities coming out of the Appropriations Committee

  • Status of bills on homelessness at cutoff

  • Status of affordable housing bills at cutoff

  • Summary of environmental bills after first cutoff deadlines

  • Status of public safety and criminal justice bills

  • Union dues bills progress in Legislature

  • Delivery robot bills move out of House and Senate transportation committees

  • Motorized foot scooter regulation bills move forward

  • Wrongful death bills advance

  • Cannabis bills that have died

  • L&I responds to AWC petition for emergency prevailing wage rulemaking

  • Some cannabis bills advance

  • SEPA exemption bill for temporary shelters and encampments continues to move

  • Round up of land use bills after cutoff

  • Governor’s broadband bills on the move

  • Local government records reporting bill advances

  • Wayfair implementation increases city sales tax collections

  • Bill reauthorizes tax structure work group and adds city voice

  • First cutoff passes – Now it’s time to start talking about the budget

  • AWC testifies in opposition to pension bill

  • State bank proposal introduced, but fails to advance

  • Legislature to hold hearings on I-976, limiting state and local taxes, fees, and TBDs

  • New 10-year transportation funding package proposed in the Senate

  • U.S. Supreme Court decides excessive fines forfeiture case against state

  • Pavement condition data reporting bill set for public hearing

  • Senate transportation network company bill set for hearing has preemptive provisions

  • Modernization of government procurement update

  • Call to action on AWC’s economic development bill

  • Legislative records bill dies in committee, but several others move forward

  • Clarifying “piggybacking” requirements

  • ADU bills diverge in the House and the Senate

  • House substitute version of density bill passes first hurdle

  • Fiscal committees begin hearing housing priority bills

  • Bill aims to codify Boise case on rights of homeless to survive

  • Bill addressing impaired driving continues to move

  • Bill that proposes to modernize business crimes passes House

  • Bill to help survivors of trafficking and prostitution passes out of House

  • Legislature approaches first cutoff deadline as Olympia thaws out

  • New “livability” density bill introduced, will be heard this week

  • AWC priority housing investment bills continue to move and need your support!

  • Another graduated REET for housing bill

  • Another set of ADU bills

  • Bill incentivizes cities to establish housing affordability zones

  • Bill would create community forest grant program

  • After a snow delay, Multifamily Tax Exemption bills will be heard

  • Substitute version of HPA and bulkheads bill moves forward

  • Senate version of plastic packaging stewardship bill on the move

  • Updates on public disclosure exemption bills

  • House committee to hear bill on local government ranked choice voting

  • Public hearing held on legislative records bill

  • Opioid treatment bills advance, adds requirements for jails

  • Bill to address placement of sexually violent predators scheduled for hearing

  • PERS 1 COLA bill gets public hearing rescheduled