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Recounts, Ties, and Other Post-Election Scenarios

Recounts, Ties, and Other Post-Election Scenarios

November 14, 2017 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Elections

Legal Consulant Jill Dvorkin looks at issues that may arise after a general election, such as recounts, ties, election contests, and assumption of office.

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Regulating Non-Commercial Temporary Signs During Election Season

Regulating Non-Commercial Temporary Signs During Election Season

August 16, 2017 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Sign Control

Non-Commercial Temporary Signs? That’s a mouthful! Why not just say Political Signs? In this blog post, MRSC Legal Consultant Jill Dvorkin explores how local governments may regulate political signs in light of the Reed v. Gilbert decision. 

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June 2017 Land Use Case Law Update Recap

June 2017 Land Use Case Law Update Recap

June 29, 2017 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Court Decisions, AGO Opinions and Regulations , Land Use Administration

On June 15, Phil Olbrechts and Jill Dvorkin presented the first of two annual Land Use Case Law Update webinars for 2017. In this blog post, Jill Dvorkin provides a brief recap of the cases covered in the webinar, as well as a summary of another case decided since the webinar.

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Flag Display: What Every Jurisdiction Should Know

Flag Display: What Every Jurisdiction Should Know

May 10, 2017 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Flag Display

Most of us are aware that there are certain rules and etiquette to follow when flying the U.S. and Washington State flags, but what are they exactly and to whom do they apply? This post summarizes those rules and etiquette and highlights some important dates to keep in mind when it comes to flying these flags.

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Growing Cities: How Local Governments Can Promote Urban Farming and Community Gardens

Growing Cities: How Local Governments Can Promote Urban Farming and Community Gardens

March 30, 2017 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Programs

With spring and warmer weather right around the corner (crossing fingers, here), it’s time to start planning and planting our vegetable gardens. This blog post will explore ways that local governments are helping to promote urban and community gardens and farms, and what more could be done to bolster the locally-grown food supply. 

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Washington Supreme Court Issues Significant Vesting Decision

Washington Supreme Court Issues Significant Vesting Decision

January 12, 2017 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Court Decisions, AGO Opinions and Regulations , Vested Rights

On December 29, the Washington Supreme Court issued Snohomish County, et al. v. Pollution Control Hearings Bd., a significant decision interpreting the statutory vested rights doctrine. This blog posts gives an overview of this decision and discusses its effect on local governments.

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Land Use Case Law Update Recap

Land Use Case Law Update Recap

December 21, 2016 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Court Decisions, AGO Opinions and Regulations , Land Use Administration

In our recent Land Use Case Law Update webinar, Phil Olbrechts and Jill Dvorkin discussed key land use cases decided, for the most part, within the past six months. In this blog post, I will briefly recap the cases we covered during the webinar.

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Regulating Political Signs in Election Season: Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign…

Regulating Political Signs in Election Season: Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign…

September 26, 2016 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Elections

Reed presents a significant problem for local governments because most, if not all, sign codes adopted before that decision regulate categories of signs based on content, such as a category for political or real estate signs. Even though the Reed decision was issued over a year ago, local governments are still struggling with how to revise their sign codes to comply with its holding. Today’s blog post will consider how Reed may affect the regulation of political and other types of temporary signs going forward.
 

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The Common Interest Doctrine and the PRA

The Common Interest Doctrine and the PRA

August 22, 2016 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Public Records Act

A recent case from Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals (Division III), Kittitas County v. Allphin, provides strong support for the ability of local governments to work with state agencies in enforcing state and local laws, and to have certain communications related to these enforcement actions protected as privileged under the common interest doctrine. 

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Introducing Jill Dvorkin, MRSC’s New Legal Consultant

Introducing Jill Dvorkin, MRSC’s New Legal Consultant

June 30, 2016 by Jill Dvorkin
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I am delighted to be the newest member of the MRSC team working as a Legal Consultant. I was drawn to this opportunity having regularly used MRSC as a trusted resource during my career as a local government attorney. Prior to joining MRSC, I worked as a deputy civil prosecuting attorney in Skagit County for nine years, focusing primarily on land use and planning issues. As a civil deputy, I advised the planning department on all manner of legal issues, including permit-related questions, code enforcement, and legislative matters. 

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