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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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Legislative Update – Week 1

January 18, 2015 / 2015-legislative-session , uncategorized / Comments Off on Legislative Update – Week 1

For the past three legislative sessions transportation funding has been identified as a high priority. Governor Inslee got the transportation funding discussion started with his own proposal this past December.  Governor Inslee proposes funding transportation with revenue generated by a new carbon cap-and-trade program.  The Governor’s proposal provides $12...

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2015 Legislative Session Begins

January 11, 2015 / 2015-legislative-session , uncategorized / Comments Off on 2015 Legislative Session Begins

The 64th Legislative Session begins tomorrow, Monday, January 12. The 105 day session runs until April 26th, unless the Governor calls them into special session. The legislature will be facing a number of issues with funding education at the top. The Tacoma News Tribune provides a good overview of...

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