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.
Develop Long-term Funding Solution To Aid Supportive Housing Acquisitions
Continue Funding For Defense Community Compatibility Account (DCCA)
Continue Focusing On I-5 Corridor Between Mounts Road & Tumwater
Childcare And Early Learning Access: Young Child And Family Center
Joint Animal Services: Regional Animal Facility
Thurston County Regional Basic Law Enforcement Academies And Training Center
Recent State Successes
During the 2023 Washington State Legislative session, several significant City championed achievements were accomplished, including:
Secured total investments of $1.15 million for the new Greg Cuoio Park for an ADA-accessible path and inclusive playground.
Secured investment of $103,000 to upgrade a transformer at the Regional Athletic Complex to meet community demand for electric vehicle charging stations.
Helped address some of the City of Lacey’s public safety concerns, including the commercial airport citing process; law enforcement vehicle pursuits to allow peace officers to return to a reasonable suspicion standard for certain dangerous crimes; and reaching an agreement to permanently address the criminality of drug possession and use in Washington.
Continued state leadership on the homeless crisis by adopting an operating budget that supplied $60 million to local governments and non-profits to provide housing and other wrap-around services to unhoused individuals residing in state rights-of-ways.
Continued advocacy for Interstate 5 Corridor improvements between Mounts Road & Tumwater resulting in the transportation budget programming $32.5 million in 2025-2027 and $26M in 2027-2029 for this project.
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.