Government Relations

The City of Lakewood is constantly working to create and maintain successful relationships with leaders at the local, state, and federal levels to achieve its goals and provide for its residents.

Below are the City’s priorities when it comes to working with our partners in the county, state, and federal governments. Click here to see your representatives.


2022 Federal Legislative Priorities

Federal Priorities Include:

  • Bringing federal funding to Lakewood’s top infrastructure priorities (JBLM North Access Project)
  • Supporting future COVID recovery bills
  • JBLM – McChord Field Clear Zone
  • Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP)
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Program and Funding
  • Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
  • Medium-Sized City Set Aside

2022 State Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Priorities Include:

  • Funding for a multimodal I-5 transportation study
  • I-5 Main Gate Interchange improvements
  • Geographic equity for detainees discharged from state facilities

Key Policy One-Pagers:

Main Gate Interchange Improvements

Washington State Department of Transportation identified that the JBLM Main Gate Interchange needs improvement. Currently, the proximity of the at-grade rail crossing to the Lewis North gate is a safety concern and creates backups on I-5 during peak periods. Rebuilding this interchange is important to solve the traffic on I-5 and will improve the lives of Lakewood residents and business owners.

Multimodal Transportation Study

The City is asking for money to fund a study of the transportation on I-5. This study will include the area of I-5 from Dupont to Lakewood and would find ways to improve multimodal transportation in this area. If completed, this study would support the movement of people through the South Sound corridor. Many organizations support the study, including Sound Transit, JBLM, Pierce Transit, Lakewood Water District, West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and the Clover Park School District.

Geographic Equity in Discharge from State Facilities

The City appreciates the State’s recent efforts to move toward a more community-based health system. Patients come from all over the state to Western State Hospital in Lakewood. Over time, this has caused Lakewood to shoulder an unfair share of the responsibility to care for and treat patients. Individuals are released from state facilities into less restrictive alternatives (LRAs) at a higher rate than other communities in the state. Additionally, individuals are placed in LRAs that do not have the means to care for them.

Lakewood is asking that the State establishes policies to ensure fair responsibility for individuals discharged from State facilities. This includes individuals with a criminal record.

Proposed Solutions

  • Institute fair share policies for discharge planning from state hospitals for individuals that have a history of one or more violent acts (extend SB 5163 policies, that only apply to the Special Commitment Center, to state hospitals)
  • Disclose publicly accessible and relevant criminal history for certain persons during the discharge planning process
  • Be required to provide a report on the availability of less restrictive alternative services in regional service areas
  • Procure additional services (e.g. housing, mental healthcare, etc.) within a regional service area if existing services are not adequate
  • Implement Department of Health credential waivers for treatment providers working in underserved counties

2022 South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) Legislative Agenda

The City of Lakewood is a proud member and leader of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP). Learn more about the role of Lakewood and SSMCP in the region here.

SSMCP Legislative Priorities Include:

  • I-5 Mounts Road to Tumwater& Nisqually River Delta investment project
  • Defense Community Compatibility Account improvements
  • Occupational Licensing improvements

2022 County Legislative Priorities

County Legislative Priorities Include:

  • I-5 Mounts Road to Tumwater& Nisqually River Delta investment project
  • Defense Community Compatibility Account improvements
  • Occupational Licensing improvements

2021 Legislative Outcomes

2021 Federal Priorities

Federal Priorities Include:

  • (AccomplishedRestoration of Congressional Directed Spending
  • (Accomplished) COVID-19 Relief
  • JBLM – McChord Field Clear Zone
  • Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP)
  • Federal Transportation Programs Reauthorization
  • Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Medium-Sized City Set Aside
2021 State Priorities

State Priorities Include:

Key Policy One-Pagers

2021 SSMCP Legislative Agenda

2021 SSCMP Legislative Priorities Include:

  • I-5 Mounts Road to Tumwater& Nisqually River Delta investment project
  • Defense Community Compatibility Account improvements
  • Behavioral Health (Connect Kit program) improvements
2021 County Legislative Priorities

2021 County Legislative Priorities Include:

  • North Clear Zone of JBLM
  • (Accomplished) Tax increment financing options for cities
  • Annexation of Camp Murray

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