2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

17
Mar

LSC Changes Tone in Olympia

March 16, 2017 – This week in Olympia the Legislative Steering Committee met once again in Olympia to talk with Legislators about the top priorities in the county. However, this week LSC changed the tone with Legislators and asked the Legislators to visit the group instead of sending the group of members to the individual offices of Legislators. During the discussion

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13
Mar

Olympia Update – March 13, 2017

Olympia Update –  Last week was a transition week, the first three days being dominated by Wednesday’s cutoff for bills to be acted upon by their chamber of origin, with hearings ramping up during the last two days. It was a good week for WSAC, with our request bills on public records reform already having moved out of the House,

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13
Mar

Legislation Granting Counties Fiscal Flexibility Advances

The House approved HB 2006, by Representative Koster, a bill that would make three existing finance tools more useful for counties. After being “massaged” in the committee process, the bill has three components:  it removes non-supplant language from the local option sales tax for mental health services;  it removes non-supplant language from property tax levy lid lift authority, and;  removes

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13
Mar

Transportation & Public Works Update

  Legislative Update: March 10, 2017 The legislature reached the cutoff where bills needed to pass out of the house of origin over to the opposite chamber for hearings.  Attention will now turn to the state budget.  The budget is expected to be out shortly after the new state revenue forecast comes out next week. There are a couple of

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