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Final Marijuana Legislation for 2015

Final Marijuana Legislation for 2015

July 2, 2015 by Jim Doherty
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On June 30, Governor Inslee signed 2E2SHB 2136 -- another significant piece of legislation amending the state’s marijuana regulatory system. The legislation is 61 pages long and contains provisions that are important for local governments, for individuals operating licensed marijuana businesses, and for medical marijuana users.

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Emerging Issue Update: Police Body Cameras

Emerging Issue Update: Police Body Cameras

June 30, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Law Enforcement Services

A roundup of the latest news and information, including a few sample policies, we have been gathering on the emerging issue of body-worn cameras.

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Pre-Budgeting: Three Things to Do Before Budget Season Begins

Pre-Budgeting: Three Things to Do Before Budget Season Begins

June 26, 2015 by Toni Nelson
Category: Budgets and Budgeting

With a little breathing room during the summer, here's recommendations for three things to do before budget season comes in at full force.

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US Supreme Court Issues Significant Sign Code Decision

US Supreme Court Issues Significant Sign Code Decision

June 24, 2015 by Maurice King
Category: Sign Control

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that an Arizona town’s sign code placed unconstitutional content-based restrictions on speech, in violation of the First Amendment. The court’s decision in Reed v, Town of Gilbert almost certainly places many sign ordinances throughout the state, and the country, on questionable legal footing.
 

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Building the Budget around the Community it Serves

Building the Budget around the Community it Serves

June 23, 2015 by Mike Bailey
Category: Budgets and Budgeting , Finance Advisor

Redmond Finance Director Mike Bailey explains how Redmond shifted its budgeting process to better focus on citizen priorities.
 

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Strategies for Managing Social Media Records from the State Archives

Strategies for Managing Social Media Records from the State Archives

June 18, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Social Media

For local government workers that deal with public records, the rise of digital communications has completely changed the way they do business. Today, retention isn’t simply about which papers to save and which to shred, but rather, how to effectively capture and catalog the myriad communications channels that people use every day. Nowhere is this challenge more pronounced than with socia...

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New Legislation Subjects City Assumption of Water-Sewer District to Possible Referendum

New Legislation Subjects City Assumption of Water-Sewer District to Possible Referendum

June 16, 2015 by Bob Meinig
Category: Water-Sewer Districts

Under chapter 35.13A RCW, a city council may, by resolution or ordinance, assume jurisdiction of (basically, take over) all or part of a water-sewer district, with the extent of that assumption of jurisdiction based on how much of the area or assessed value of the district lies within the city.

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Is Leadership Overrated?

Is Leadership Overrated?

June 11, 2015 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Leadership

Sometimes true leadership means being a good follower.

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New Amendments to the Public Records Act

New Amendments to the Public Records Act

June 10, 2015 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Public Records Act

The 2015 Legislature passed and the Governor signed five bills amending the Public Records Act (PRA) that affect local government public records procedures.

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Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 3: Some Recommendations

Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 3: Some Recommendations

June 10, 2015 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

MRSC HR Advisor Cabot Dow continues his series on sick leave with some policy recommendations for going forward.

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Legislature Tweaks Contracting Statutes

Legislature Tweaks Contracting Statutes

June 8, 2015 by John W. Carpita, PE
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An overview of the important changes to contracting statutes from the 2015 legislative session that affect local governments.

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Relive the Excitement of the "From Public Good to Public Great" Forum

Relive the Excitement of the "From Public Good to Public Great" Forum

June 4, 2015 by Josh Mahar
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Our twitter recap showcases some of the provactive ideas and positive energy from this amazing event.

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PRA Employment Records Exemption Applies to Former Employees

PRA Employment Records Exemption Applies to Former Employees

June 3, 2015 by Joe Levan
Category: Public Records Act

What if someone makes a PRA request for records related to a former employee? Do these exemptions still apply? In a recent decision, the Washington State Court of Appeals held that these exemptions apply not only to current employees, but also to former employees.

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MRSC Brings on Christine Holloway as New Finance Analyst

MRSC Brings on Christine Holloway as New Finance Analyst

June 2, 2015 by Christine Holloway
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Get to know MRSC's newest addition to the finance team, Christine Holloway.

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Contracting – Some General Principles for Cities

Contracting – Some General Principles for Cities

May 27, 2015 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Purchasing and Bidding

A number of issues may arise regarding the respective roles of a city (or town) council and the city (or town) administration - whether headed by a mayor or a city manager - when a city contracts for a service or a public work or makes purchases of supplies, equipment, or materials. This blog post concentrates on a few general principles that apply to the contractin...

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Sign Code Update: Finding the Sweet Spot between Flexibility & Clutter Management

Sign Code Update: Finding the Sweet Spot between Flexibility & Clutter Management

May 26, 2015 by Bob Bengford
Category: Planning Advisor , Sign Control

A case study in integrating form-based and street graphic approaches into the sign code update for the City of Lacey.
 

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State Supreme Court Says Cities Can Ban Collective Gardens, but the Legislature is Replacing Them with Medical Marijuana Cooperatives

State Supreme Court Says Cities Can Ban Collective Gardens, but the Legislature is Replacing Them with Medical Marijuana Cooperatives

May 21, 2015 by Bob Meinig
Category: Recreational and Medical Marijuana

The Washington State Supreme Court today issued a decision (Cannabis Action Coalition v. City of Kent) upholding the constitutionality of the city of Kent’s ordinance banning collective gardens as a valid exercise of the city’s zoning authority. But, in a related development, the Washington State Legislature . . .

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Medical Marijuana Reform Legislation Enacted

Medical Marijuana Reform Legislation Enacted

May 14, 2015 by Jim Doherty
Category: Recreational and Medical Marijuana , 2015 Legislation

Here’s a toast to the Washington State Legislature! On Friday, April 24, Governor Jay Inslee approved, with several section vetoes, Second Substitute Senate Bill 5052 (2SSB 5052), which significantly revamps the entire medical marijuana structure in Washington.

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Charting Your Future Part 2: Conducting a Strategic Planning Retreat

Charting Your Future Part 2: Conducting a Strategic Planning Retreat

May 12, 2015 by Stan Finkelstein
Category: Management , Council-Commission Advisor

Stan Finkelstein continues his series on strategic planning by describing the role of retreats along with key strategies for conducting them effectively.

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Beyond the Annual Financial Report: Communicating Your Agency

Beyond the Annual Financial Report: Communicating Your Agency's Financial Data

May 12, 2015 by Toni Nelson
Category: Accounting and Internal Controls

As financial reporting to the State Auditor's Office wraps up, Toni Nelson explains some other types of financial reports you should be providing to management and elected officials.

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