Tag: GMA

28
Jan

Give Me Liberty!

Week two of the session finished strong with “GMA Day” in the Senate Local Government Committee.  Six separate bills were heard on Thursday. WSAC provided testimony on each of the proposals, supporting SB 5193, opposing SB 5194, and supporting SB 5242, SB 5243, SB 5245 and SB 5259. Simultaneously, SB 5284 was heard by the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development, and Trade.  This bill, titled “Smoke Detection Devices”,

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14
Jan

Proposals Focused on Housing Affordability

A lot of activity has been going on in the background developing legislative proposals focused on land use, but only a few have been officially filed at the time of this post.  As expected, much of the conversation has been about planning for affordable housing and considering minimum density requirements, especially in urban areas and near mass transit.  It’s reasonable

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12
Feb

Transportation and Public Works Legislative Update – Week 6

House and Senate fiscal bills that didn’t pass out of their respective Appropriations and Ways & Means Committees were added to the pile of dead bills for the session. A caveat to this is that a bill that is deemed necessary to implement the budget can be resurrected or inserted into an omnibus bill later in the session. Unfortunately, SHB

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12
Feb

Update on Laura’s Bills Still Moving

Land Use Bills There are a few land use bills we are watching for floor action. HB 2931 would increase energy efficiency requirements on residential buildings under the permit fee statute. It has been amended to change the lower efficiency requirement be the default standard. Also in the House is HB 2023 from last year that would preempt the effective

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