Legislative Advocacy

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Sustainable Policies, Sustainable Counties



Counties provide constitutionally and statutorily directed state services to all of Washington’s residents. The Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) is working to secure clear and sustainable policies to provide all 39 counties with the foundation to provide sustainable service levels to every Washingtonian.

County Assessors


HB 2608 / SB 6251 The County Assessors are seeking to modify the senior exemption qualifying income levels from legislatively established dollar thresholds to thresholds based on a percentage of county income. There is no change in the number of qualifying levels and no currently qualified senior loses the qualification.

Additionally, the Assessors support the Board of Tax Appeals’ (BTA) supplemental budget request including money for additional hearing officers to eliminate backlogs.

County Auditors


HB 2478 / SB 6058 The County Auditors are seeking legislation to require write-in candidates to file a declaration of candidacy. This will clarify when write-in votes must be counted and reported.

HB 2316 / SB 6057 Additionally, the County Auditors seek to establish a recording standards commission within the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS) to promote uniformity and consistency in document recording standards.

County Clerks


SB 6324 The County Clerks are seeking to update certain court record keeping and destruction requirements and clerical duties outlined in RCW 7.52.160; RCW 36.23.030; and RCW 36.23.070.

County Coroners


SB 6366 The County Coroners are seeking the adoption of clear legislative language authorizing coroners to subpoena records and other evidentiary materials.

County Prosecutors


HB 2700 / SB 6387: The County Prosecutors are seeking to exempt child forensic interviews that depict or describe allegations of abuse or exposure to violence from the Public Records Act except by court order upon a showing of good cause and notice to the child’s guardian.

County Treasurers

HB 2536 / SB 6182 The County Treasurers are seeking to modify RCW 84.56.250 to eliminate “neglect” from “willfully refuses or neglects to collect” and substitute “in RCW 84.56.300” for “as provided herein” to promote clarity in statute.

HB 2537 / SB 6183 The County Treasurers are seeking language eliminating certain title signatures and extinguishing liens on treasurer foreclosure on distraint sales of titled manufactured homes in RCW 46.12.700.

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