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Posts for July 2020

2021 Budget Suggestions is Here!

2021 Budget Suggestions is Here!

July 28, 2020 by Toni Nelson
Category: Budgets and Budgeting

MRSC has just published our annual 2021 Budget Suggestions publication for cities and counties. This blog post provides an overview of publication highlights.

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When First Amendment Rights and Public Meetings Clash

When First Amendment Rights and Public Meetings Clash

July 23, 2020 by MRSC Insight
Category: Legislative Body

This blog post looks at the authority a governing body has to establish and carry out procedures that can prevent the interruption or delay of a public meeting due to disruptive or irrelevant comments from the public or from members of the governing body itself.

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2020 Legislative Update — The Big List

2020 Legislative Update — The Big List

July 21, 2020 by Steve Gross
Category: New Legislation and Regulations

MRSC has compiled a list of new legislation from the recent 2020 Regular Session, with special attention paid to those bills that impact Washington local governments. 

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Fire Season, Meet Coronavirus

Fire Season, Meet Coronavirus

July 15, 2020 by Laura Crandall
Category: Fire Protection , COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, wildland firefighting will be following updated guidance to combat wildland fires but also reduce the chances of transmitting the virus among firefighting crews. 

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Staying Ahead of Overdose Spikes

Staying Ahead of Overdose Spikes

July 14, 2020 by Leah LaCivita
Category: Human Services

This blog post looks at the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, a free tool that collects real time fatal and non-fatal opioid overdose data from ambulance teams, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies across the country.  

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FCC Declaratory Ruling Expands Guidance for Certain Existing Wireless Facilities

FCC Declaratory Ruling Expands Guidance for Certain Existing Wireless Facilities

July 6, 2020 by Laura Crandall
Category: Telecommunications

This blog post reviews the major points of a new FCC ruling that affects a local government's review of modification proposals to existing wireless infrastructure. 

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Disaster Zone: Emergency Management’s Role in COVID-19 Response Logistics

Disaster Zone: Emergency Management’s Role in COVID-19 Response Logistics

July 6, 2020 by Eric Holdeman
Category: COVID-19

This blog looks at how the national emergency supply logistics chain has been altered in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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COVID-19: Where Things Stand as of July 2

COVID-19: Where Things Stand as of July 2

July 3, 2020 by Steve Gross
Category: COVID-19

At the beginning of July, a number of waivers and proclamations expired, were renewed, or were amended. Here are some of the highlights for local governments, including Proclamation 20-28.6 allowing limited in-person meetings for jurisdictions in Phase 3.

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Possession and Carrying of Firearms in Washington State: What’s Allowed?

Possession and Carrying of Firearms in Washington State: What’s Allowed?

July 1, 2020 by Flannary Collins
Category: Licensing and Regulation

This blog provides a general overview of firearm regulation in Washington State.

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