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.
Continue to focus on the I-5 Corridor between Mounts Road & Tumwater, including the Nisqually River Delta – Provide $106M for Preliminary Design and Engineering and ROW Acquisition as part of the next Transportation Package
Collaboratively create affordable housing solutions that work for all
Public Safety Concerns: Return of Less-lethal Options, Use of Force, and Commission Clarifications
Request State Leadership in providing strategies and tools to address the growing unsheltered population in Washington cities.
Capital budget requests:
Public Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Oxford Housing Program Pilot with non-profit partner
Recent State Successes
During the 2021 Washington State Legislative session, several significant City championed achievements were accomplished, including:
Securing $5 million for preliminary design and environmental review by WSDOT for the I-5 Corridor between Mounts Road and Tumwater.
Securing $607,709 in Heritage Capital Project Grant funds for the new Lacey Museum and Cultural Center.
Securing of $3 million to help local entities address public health and safety risks associated with homeless encampments on WSDOT and other state-owned rights of way.
Authorizing a property tax-based Tax Increment Financing (TIF) tool to fund public infrastructure that helps drive economic development.
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.