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Legislative Update – Week 6

February 22, 2015 / 2015-legislative-session , uncategorized / Comments Off on Legislative Update – Week 6

The Senate Transportation Committee passed their bipartisan transportation package out of committee.  The bipartisan package included three transportation revenue and spending bills together with six policy bills.  Two additional policy bills were passed out with only majority coalition votes.  Several amendments were offered with few passing.  An amendment that...

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Legislative Update – Week 5

February 16, 2015 / 2015-legislative-session , uncategorized / Comments Off on Legislative Update – Week 5

The Senate Transportation Committee leadership introduced a bipartisan transportation revenue and spending plan for the next 16 years.  The plan raises $15.1 billion by increasing fuel taxes by 11.7 cents, increasing vehicle and license fees, and selling bonds for construction projects.  The plan provides $8.2 billion for construction projects...

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Legislative Update – Week 4

February 8, 2015 / 2015-legislative-session , uncategorized / Comments Off on Legislative Update – Week 4

Several bills are moving out of committee and on to the fiscal committees where necessary or on to the Rules Committee for consideration of a floor vote.  SHB 1180 was passed to the House Finance Committee.  The substitute bill allows a regional transportation agency (Sound Transit) to impose up...

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Legislative Update – Week 3

February 1, 2015 / 2015-legislative-session , uncategorized / Comments Off on Legislative Update – Week 3

Sound Transit’s revenue package, HB 1180 (Fey), was heard in the House this past week with county leaders from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties testifying in support. The bill is scheduled for executive action on Monday. HB 1593 (McBride), revising transportation benefit district funding options, is scheduled for hearing...

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Legislative Update – Week 2

January 26, 2015 / 2015-legislative-session , uncategorized / Comments Off on Legislative Update – Week 2

Legislation was introduced to provide additional local transportation funding options.  HB 1593 (McBride) gives cities the authority to establish transportation utilities, subject to voter approval.  A city transportation utility would be able to assess properties based on trip generation.  The bill also allows cities and counties to adopt a...

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