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February 2020


Annual Financial Reporting Options for Washington Local Governments

Annual Financial Reporting Options for Washington Local Governments

February 27, 2020 by Mike Bailey
Category: Financial Reporting

This blog article describes the annual financial reporting options available to local governments in Washington State. 

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New Ruling Provides Guidance on “Specific Intelligence”

New Ruling Provides Guidance on “Specific Intelligence”

February 24, 2020 by Steve Gross
Category: Court Decisions and AGO Opinions , Public Records Act

This blog discusses the recent ruling in West v. City of Tacoma, which addresses what an agency needs to prove when it claims the Public Records Act’s exemption for “specific intelligence information."

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Taking Action Using Ordinances, Resolutions, Motions, and Proclamations

Taking Action Using Ordinances, Resolutions, Motions, and Proclamations

February 20, 2020 by MRSC Insight
Category: Legislative Body

This blog post offers an overview of the many ways that a legislative body can take action on an issue.

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Introducing Steve Gross, MRSC Legal Consultant

Introducing Steve Gross, MRSC Legal Consultant

February 18, 2020 by Steve Gross
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MRSC is happy to announce that Steve Gross has joined our legal team. 

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Permanent Supportive Housing: One Option for Addressing Homelessness

Permanent Supportive Housing: One Option for Addressing Homelessness

February 13, 2020 by Steve Butler
Category: Homelessness

This blog post looks at permanent supportive housing, which offers low-barrier affordable housing, health care, and supportive services to formerly homeless individuals, by profiling a related project in Everett. 

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Local Breed-Specific Dog Bans Now Need a Good Behavior Exception

Local Breed-Specific Dog Bans Now Need a Good Behavior Exception

February 10, 2020 by Linda Gallagher
Category: Animal Control

This blog post explores a new law that requires any local breed-specific dog regulations include a good behavior exemption.

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Working on Council Guidelines? What About Remote Meeting Attendance?

Working on Council Guidelines? What About Remote Meeting Attendance?

February 6, 2020 by Laura Crandall
Category: Legislative Body

This blog post addresses remote meeting attendance, including what is possible and permissible under the Open Public Meetings Act.  

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Tips for Avoiding OPMA Violations

Tips for Avoiding OPMA Violations

February 3, 2020 by Flannary Collins
Category: Open Public Meetings Act

This blog post looks at how local governments can avoid violating the Open Public Meetings Act — using questions recently submitted by Washington cites, counties, and special purpose districts. 

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