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11/16/2021 12. Consideration of 2022 City of Yakima State and Federal Legislative Priorities 1—EQui:riV41 rr 11 i�O enc u nrry 1 BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. 12. For Meeting of: November 16, 2021 ITEM TITLE: Consideration of 2022 City of Yakima State and Federal Legislative Priorities SUBMITTED BY: Randy Beehler, Communications and Public Affairs SUMMARY EXPLANATION: At its November 1st regular meeting, the Council reviewed draft 2022 City of Yakima State and Federal Legislative Priorities. The Council directed staff to modify the state legislative priorities list by reducing the number of items on the list and ranking items on the list. At its November 16th regular meeting, the Council will consider the revised draft priorities lists. ITEM BUDGETED: NA STRATEGIC PRIORITY: Public Trust and Accountability APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL BY THE CITY MANAGER RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends adoption of the revised 2022 City of Yakima State and Federal Legislative Priorities. ATTACHMENTS: Description Upload Date Type D 2022 City of Yakima State Legislatiie Priorities-Draft 11/8/2021 Corer Memo D 2022 City of Yakima Federal Legislatiie Priorities-Draft 11/8/2021 Corer Memo 2 (-- /441111 ;\ $ .., '�s City of Yakima 2022 State Legislative Priorities Actively Pursue 1. Regulatory and legislative advocacy to preserve community access to health care services, including additional funding for mental health response assistance to local governments (i.e. Trueblood grants) 2. Legislation and state funding designed to address the high rate of domestic violence present in Washington State 3. Funding for future construction of an outdoor pool at MLK, Jr. Park 4. Increased state funding in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, funds for affordable housing, and funds to reduce homelessness 5. Legalization of automated monitoring and citation for speeding on city streets by cameras that capture speed and license plate numbers Support 1. Efforts to clarify and/or modify police reform legislation adopted during the 2021 state legislative session 2. Development of a comprehensive transportation funding package that includes additional resources for cities 3. Efforts by Orthopedics Northwest PLLC to secure a "Certificate of Need"from the Washington State Department of Health to allow for surgical procedures to be performed at the former Astria Regional Medical Center facility 4. Replacing the one percent property tax revenue increase limit with a limit tied to cost drivers Monitor - Amendments to the WSDOT budget in order to ensure completion of committed projects in the Connecting Washington transportation package - Legislation providing greater flexibility in the use of public funds for economic development purposes - Cuts to intergovernmental shared revenue - Enhancing distribution of marijuana excise tax revenue to local governments (moved from Support) - Modification of authorized outlets for publishing office local government notices (moved from Support) 3 cor ____„7) City of Yakima 2022 Federal Legislative Priorities Actively Pursue - Funding for loss of local government revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic - Efforts to address homelessness and to reduce barriers to affordable housing and human services programs locally, regionally, and nationally - Regulatory and legislative advocacy to preserve community access to health care services - Ensure the Connecting Washington WSDOT I-821Yakima to Union Gap—Corridor Improvements Project includes approval by the Federal Highway Administration of new Interstate 82 on and off ramps, which are key elements of the Yakima County East-West Corridor Project and the City's Bravo Company Boulevard project - Yakima Basin Integrated Plan funding requests, including funding requests for completion of the Nelson Dam Removal and Replacement Project - Increased funding for Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ("OJJDP") and other federal programs designed to combat gang crime and violence - 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 - Development of adequate, predictable, and sustainable funding for airport capital projects and airport economic development projects 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"), which are consistently utilized by the City - Grant programs to support the expansion of domestic water and sewer systems to underserved, low-income neighborhoods -Allocation of additional HUD housing vouchers to the Yakima Housing Authority - Legislation to improve broadband accessibility in rural communities - Continued funding of the Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG") program at current or increased levels. Enhance flexibility for use of funds in the CDBG program. - Passage of the Breaking the Chain of Violence Act