Legislative Advocacy

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.
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County Assessors

Seek to make technical corrections to the Board of Equalization 60 day appeals calendar.

County Auditors


SB 6134 Seek legislation for equitable share of election costs by making counties, cities, towns, districts, and the state pay their proportionate share of elections costs for every election.

HB 2261 / SB 6184 Eliminate the three-day waiting period for marriage licenses and allow elected County Auditors to officiate weddings.

County Clerks

HB 2260 Allow for the state to pay for publications related to their state dependency actions.

HB 2347 Eliminate unnecessary provisions related to Clerks’ duites and court-ordered bond increases in RCW 36.23.020

County Coroners


HB 2432 Require all Coroners and Medical Examiners to achieve certification and accreditation within 12 months of taking office with funding already provided. Fix autopsy reimbursement rates to create more equity in costs between Coroner and ME offices.

County Sheriffs

HB 2499 Require certification of county corrections officers; including training, background checks and psychological evaluation.

HB 1253 / SB 5944 Reduce the wait time for newly hired law enforcement officers to complete Basic Law Enforcement Academy from 6 months to 2 months.

County Treasurers

HB 2512 Align interest and penalty relief for qualified manufactured homeowners with that of site-built homes. The proposal will align foreclosure and distraint timelines for qualified manufactured homes.

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