February 26, 2018
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Legislation of Note

HB 1622: Reforms to State Building Code Council

An AWB priority bill is moving forward as the legislative session nears its conclusion. House Bill 1622 would reform the State Building Code Council (SBCC). AWB has worked with lawmakers and stakeholders on this bill for three years, and last week testified in support of the bill before the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations, and Elections Committee.

Among other provisions, the bill would:

  • Establish the SBCC within the Department of Enterprise Services;
  • Create separate building permit fees for commercial and residential permits; and,
  • Modify the SBCC's administrative processes, including requiring the council to adhere to statutory requirements applicable to significant legislative rules.

The bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is expected to move toward a Senate floor vote before the end of session.

Contact Mike Ennis, AWB government affairs director for land use, to learn more. His testimony is available on TVW.

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All Manufacturers Need Relief

Manufacturing jobs key to all of our communities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.

The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.

Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.

Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.

The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...

Read the full guest column in The Olympian
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