Advocacy Update – January 2019

This month in state and local advocacy: Washington's 2019 legislative session kicks off in Olympia, and AIA Seattle joins the Housing Development Consortium; plus information about upcoming advocacy-focused meetings and events.


2019 Legislative Session

The 2019 state legislative session began this week in Olympia and will run through April 28. AIA Washington Council is already participating in hearings on bills related to the Governor’s clean buildings climate package and an effort to increase the B&O tax on a limited number of service providers, including architects. AIA|WA is strongly opposing the latter and is calling for more comprehensive tax reform that will permanently restructure the state’s regressive system. More info on AIA|WA’s priorities can be found here.


Housing Policy Partnership

AIA Seattle is a new member of the Housing Development Consortium (HDC), a long-time partner on affordable housing issues. HDC operates in King County and works to ensure that all people live with dignity in safe, healthy, and affordable homes within communities of opportunity.


AIA Seattle Task Force Meetings

AIA Seattle members are invited to attend these policy-focused meetings, which occur monthly. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kirsten Smith.

CANCELLED: Transportation Task Force, February 12, 5:30pm – 6:30pm @ the Center.

Housing Task Force, February 14, 12pm – 1:15pm @ the Center.

Embodied Carbon & Architecture

Embodied Carbon & Architecture: Upcoming Legislative Potential, presented by WA Council Climate Committee + COTE. January 30, 5pm – 7:30pm @ the Center.

Legislative and regulatory changes in Washington are poised to change the way we think about building materials and embodied carbon. This panel discussions features the UW’s Kate Simonen, LMN’s Kjell Anderson, and David Walsh of Sellen Construction.

Click here to register

For more information on these or any other topics, or to join a task force, please contact:

Kirsten Smith
Manager of Policy and Advocacy
AIA Washington Council & AIA Seattle
206-448-4938 x401 |

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