The City works collaboratively with local, state, and federal legislators to achieve the legislative priorities of the City Council. This includes advocating for, securing, and managing policies, programs, and grants that help the greater community.
The City annually develops legislative priorities, coordinates strategic advocacy plans, builds relationships at all levels of government, and reviews impacts of potential legislation on the City.
Accessibility Improvements at the New Greg Cuoio Park
Emergency Operations Center
The City’s 2023 State Priorities include:
Commercial Airport Siting
Long-term Funding Solutions to Support Rights of Way Initiative Housing Acquisitions
Continue to focus on the I-5 Corridor between Mounts Road & Tumwater
Address Law Enforcement Vehicle Pursuits
Recent State Successes
During the 2022 Washington State Legislative session, several significant City championed achievements were accomplished, including:
Securing $75 million in the Move Ahead Washington package for the Nisqually River Delta preliminary design, engineering, and ROW acquisition.
Securing $103K for Public Electric Vehicle Infrastructure throughout Lacey parks and public facilities for public use.
Securing $515K for purchasing an Oxford Housing Program Pilot with non-profit partner in the Lacey community.
Helped address public safety concerns by returning less lethal options, providing clear definitions of imperative public safety terms, such as “physical force,” and clarifying and amending circumstances in which the use of force is authorized, including lawful temporary investigative detentions.
Providing continued state leadership on the homeless crisis by approving additional strategies and tools to address the growing unsheltered population, including securing $5 million in the supplemental transportation budget to help address public health and safety risks associated with homeless encampments on state owned rights-of-way of which $2 million is to be used for addressing litter and debris along freeways that serve as the gateways to our communities; providing $45 million in the operating budget for rental assistance, and eviction prevention; and providing $383 million in the capital budget for rapid and supportive housing efforts across the state.
To view the full 2023 State Legislative Priorities brochure, click here.
The City and its Urban Growth Area exist on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Nisqually people of Medicine Creek treaty (Nisqually Indian Tribe). Lacey and the South Puget Sound region are encompassed by the Treaty of Medicine Creek, which was signed under duress by Tribal representatives in 1854. The City works with the Nisqually and Squaxin Island tribes in government-to-government partnerships.
On March 4, 2014, the Lacey City Council and the Nisqually Tribal Council participated in a ceremonial event to sign an historic agreement, the Nisqually Indian Tribe and City of Lacey Accord.
The Accord acknowledges the partnership and mutual interests shared between the City and the Nisqually Tribe. The Accord provides a framework for future meetings and collaboration. As a symbol of the partnership, the Tribe presented the Lacey City Council with a carved totem pole, which is now displayed in the lobby of Lacey City Hall. A rededication ceremony occurred on July 9, 2015.
The City and Nisqually Tribe aspire to meet on an annual basis to work on issues of mutual importance.