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Jan. 9: Keep up with legislation that affects your business with AWB's Bill Tracking Webinar



The decisions made by lawmakers affect your daily life, but how do you keep track of what’s happening in the Legislature?

AWB is here to help you learn how to understand what’s happening in the House, Senate and governor’s office through a Bill Tracking Webinar: Navigating leg.wa.gov on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.

Cheri Randich of the Legislative Information Center will lead the class, which you can access from anywhere via the Internet.

Her class is an in-depth look on the “advanced features” of the Legislature available online to track and respond to legislation. Topics she’ll cover include how to:

  • Look up a bill (by bill number or topic)
  • Access intros and bill status lists
  • Use Detailed Legislative Reports
  • Find old bills from previous sessions
  • Set up and use the website's bill tracking system
  • Use the advanced search engines to locate bills and laws
  • Set up and use the GovDelivery e-mail notification system for hearing times and agendas

For questions or more information, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.



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The mission of the Association of Washington Business is to bring people together throughout the state to promote economic prosperity -- from the urban centers to the most rural corners.

We know that parts of Washington have boomed since the end of the recession, but other areas -- particularly the rural communities that exist in each of our state's 39 counties -- have not realized the same economic opportunities.

Our state's overall success depends on not just talking about the many barriers holding back economic growth in rural regions but finding and implementing solutions discussed at the AWB Rural Jobs Summit in the Legislature and at the local level to move every community forward.

Whether urban, rural or somewhere in between, we're all in this together.

Read the full column in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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By Bill Virgin

Laments from the business community about taxes, regulations and the high cost and frustration of doing business around here are typically met with two responses: "It can't be that bad, look at our booming economy," and "If you don't like it, leave" (the latter usually accompanied by a snide remark about Texas or the South).

To those points: The current success of the tech sector, however loosely that's defined, certainly fueled economic growth in the region. But other sectors are struggling for reasons of their own (retailing) or related to the boom (industrial businesses dealing with high costs). Tech's boom has papered over a lot of ills, and if the sector ever has another moment like the dot-com bust, that facade will be gone...

Eventually businesses reach a point at which the cost/benefit analysis tips from staying to going.

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