Weekly Update: Our 2018 Legislative Priorities

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Government Affairs Committee Adopts 2018 Legislative Priorities

The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) held its annual meeting this week in Seattle and adopted the Association’s 2018 legislative priorities. Identifying these priorities helps your state government affairs team plan for the upcoming legislative session in January. The legislative priorities adopted by the GAC encompass a range of industry-wide issues categorized under eight main topics. These topics are: tourism, employment, regulatory and business operations, taxation, workforce development and safety, the environment, health and nutrition, and helping communities thrive. Our top legislative priority is to pass a statewide tourism marketing program. We understand that with a Democratic governor and slim Democratic majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, we may play more of a defensive role in protecting our industry than we have in previous legislative sessions. With the guidance of the GAC, your state government affairs team is prepared to meet the many demands of the legislative session. For more detailed information about the 2018 legislative priorities, please contact State Government Affairs Director Julia Gorton.


Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Signs Executive Order Creating Small Business Commission

This week, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan took the oath of Seattle mayor at five different ceremonies across the city. Upon her fifth swearing in at Elliot Bay Brewing Company, she spoke of the importance of small businesses and their role in providing more jobs in the city than the tech industry. Yesterday, in her first full day in office she signed an executive order establishing a small business commission. Mayor Durkan was endorsed by Seattle Hospitality for Progress, which represents the city’s diverse restaurant and hotel sectors and seeks to educate candidates on issues facing the hospitality community.

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