13
Feb

House Committee Hears Public Records Bills

The House State Government Committee heard both HB 1595 and HB 1594 on Friday, February 10th. Cities, counties, school districts, hospital districts and water and sewer districts testified in support of the bills. The Coalition for Open Government and the Allied Daily Newspapers testified “other.” Both groups thanked Reps. McBride and Nealey for the stakeholder group process and indicated an intent

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31
Jan

Restored Revenue Authority Focus of Major Bipartisan Effort

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Give Local Control Back to Communities Across Washington. Click here or on the image below to see the full press release.

26
Jan

Bi-Partisan Bill to Replace Property Tax Cap Introduced

Representatives Lytton and Koster Lead the Charge. The WSAC priority legislation to replace the existing 1% property tax cap with a new cap that will track with the cost of providing county services has been “dropped in the hopper” and will be introduced in the House tomorrow. HB 1764 is sponsored by Representative Lytton and also signed by Reps. Koster, Springer, Nealey, Senn

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19
Jan

Voting Rights Act Options Heard in Senate

WSAC continues to express concerns about cost and implementation                              The Senate State Government Committee heard two bills, both sponsored by Committee Chair Mark Miloscia, that would address concerns raised by minority groups about local government elections. The first, SB 5067 would create a new cause of action for claimants to bring suit against counties and cities in instances where minorities are

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