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10/22/2019 02 Review 2020 Legislative Priorities to\'4\lyy tbxk ik 1 PP +� d1-:41P P p P 1 PPi ittYlltYlt.\ta. BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEM ENT Item No. 2. For Meeting of: October 22, 2019 ITEM TITLE: Review 2020 Legislative Priorities SUBMITTED BY: Randy Beehler, Communications & Public Affairs Director SUMMARY EXPLANATION: At the Council agenda preview meeting on October 22nd, draft City of Yakima 2020 State and Federal Legislative Priorities will be presented and discussed. Based on the discussion at the October 22nd agenda preview meeting, any necessary adjustments to the draft priorities will be made. The Council will be asked to consider adopting 2020 State and Federal Legislative Priorities at its November 5th regular meeting. The draft 2020 State and Federal Legislative Priorities have been developed based on observation of issues the Council has focused on in 2019, progress made on the City's 2019 state and federal priorities, input from the City's contracted lobbyists in Olympia and Washington, D.C., City senior staff input, and review of legislative priorities established by other municipal advocacy organizations. 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The draft 2020 State and Federal Legislative Priorities have been developed based on observation of issues the Council has focused on in 2019, progress made on the City's 2019 state and federal priorities, input from the City's contracted lobbyists in Olympia and Washington, D.C., City senior staff input, and review of legislative priorities established by other municipal advocacy organizations. The draft 2020 State Legislative Priorities include items in three categories —Actively Pursue, Support, and Monitor. City resources, including the time and effort of the City's Olympia Lobbyists (Luke Esser and Nick Federici), will be expended on items in the Actively Pursue Category and will likely be spearheaded by the City. Items in the Support category will more likely be spearheaded by other entities (cities, counties, etc.), but will be closely watched by the City and its lobbyists. The City will offer input, including signing in "pro" or "con" at legislative committee hearings and/or testifying at legislative committee hearings for items in the Support category. Items in the Monitor category will be watched closely by the City because their outcome could affect the City in some way, but the City is unlikely to expend resources on those items. Two new draft State Legislative Priorities have been added to the Actively Pursue category— one concerning development of a comprehensive transportation funding package and the other concerning increased state funding of the state crime lab. Four items in the Actively Pursue category have been carried over from the 2019 State Legislative Priorities list, including increased state funding re: homelessness and affordable housing, replacing the one percent property tax revenue increase limit, legislation and funding to address domestic violence, and increased state funding to combat gang activities. Two new draft state priorities have been added to the Support category— one concerning increased state funding for "Floodplains by Design" projects and the other concerning state funding for medical assisted treatment in municipal jails. Four items in the Support category have been carried over from the 2019 State Legislative Priorities list, including reforming and enhancing the state behavioral health system, funding additional Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy classes, equitable distribution of marijuana excise tax revenue to local government, and legislation allocating a portion of an existing airport fuel tax to be used for airport capital projects. The two priorities in the Monitor category have been carried over from the 2019 State Legislative Priorities list. Given the limited activity this year regarding the City's 2019 Federal Legislative Priorities, all 2019 priorities have been carried over into 2020. Please let me know if you have questions or need more information about the City's draft 2020 State and Federal Legislative Priorities prior to the Council's October 22nd agenda preview meeting. 4 7 4 341,. City of Yakima 2020 State Legislative Priorities Actively Pursue - Development of a comprehensive transportation funding package that includes additional resources for cities (New) - Increased state funding of the state crime lab and state toxicologist in order to more efficiently process tests (New) - Increased state funding to support local efforts to provide homeless services and affordable housing (Existing) - Replacing the one percent property tax revenue increase limit with a limit tied to cost drivers (Existing) - Legislation and state funding designed to address the high rate of domestic violence present in Washington State (Exten - Increased state funding to support local gang prevention, intervention, and suppression programs ( xis/big) Support - Increased state funding for "Floodplains by Design" projects (New) - State funding for medication assisted treatment (MAT) services in municipal jails (New) - Efforts to reform and enhance the state behavioral health system (Existing) - State funding for additional classes at the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy (Existing) - Equitable distribution of marijuana excise tax revenue to local government (Existing) - Legislation allocating one percent (1%) of the airport fuel tax imposed by RCW 82.12.020 to the aeronautics account to be used for airport capital projects (Existing) Monitor - Legislation providing greater flexibility in the use of public funds for economic development purposes (Existing) - Legislation allowing municipal fire departments and fire districts to obtain reimbursement from parties found liable for causing an incident requiring a fire department and/or fire district response (Existing) 4..****** *A` j s . ♦ t � City of Yakima 2020 Federal Legislative Priorities Actively Pursue - Comprehensive immigration reform, including passage of the Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy ("BRIDGE") Act, Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors ("DREAM") Act, or similar legislation (Existing - Efforts to address homelessness and to reduce barriers to affordable housing and human services programs locally, regionally, and nationally (Existing) - Yakima Basin Integrated Plan funding requests (Existing) - Funding from available federal sources to assist the Yakima Police Department in replacing its aging radio system (Existing) - Increased funding for Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ("OJJDP") and other federal programs designed to combat gang crime and violence (Existing) - Development of adequate, predictable, and sustainable funding for airport capital projects and airport economic development projects (Existing) Support - Ongoing funding assistance provided to local public safety entities through programs such as Community Oriented Policing Services ("COPS"), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response ("SAFER"), the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program ("AFG") and Local Law Enforcement Block Grants ( LLEBG") (Existing) - Funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act ("TIFIA") program, the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development ("BUILD") program, and other available federal sources for critical local transportation projects such as development of streets serving the Mill Site project, the North 1st Street Revitalization Project, and the Yakima East-West Corridor project (Existing) - Continued funding of the Community Development Block Grant ( CDBG") program at current or increased levels (Existing) - Development of pilot youth development programs (with accompanying funding) (Existing)