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June 2016


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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Community-Led Demonstration Projects: A Cost Effective Way to Engage Citizens and Implement Plans

Community-Led Demonstration Projects: A Cost Effective Way to Engage Citizens and Implement Plans

June 27, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Public Participation

A new policy from Burlington, Vermont provides a neat example of how jurisdictions can give their enthusiastic citizen activists a clear avenue for taking action.

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WA Court Of Appeals Determines When Records

WA Court Of Appeals Determines When Records "Produced" to Trigger Statute of Limitations

June 23, 2016 by Adrian Urquhart Winder
Category: Open Government Advisor , Public Records Act

In White v. City of Lakewood, No. 47079-9-II (May 25, 2016), Division II of the Washington Court of Appeals applied a form of “mailbox rule” to t...

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Bob Meinig Signing Off

Bob Meinig Signing Off

June 21, 2016 by Bob Meinig
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Well, it’s my turn to sign off. I’m retiring from MRSC at the end of this month, after almost 27 years as a Legal Consultant. This job was a great fit for me as an attorney, and it was a unique opportunity to be engaged in an ongoing process of learning as I was advising Washington State local governments of all types and sizes, from the Town of Krupp (population 50) to King County (population over 2 million), on the myriad legal issues they confront on a daily basis.

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Police Records: My Take on Some of the Tricky Disclosure Questions

Police Records: My Take on Some of the Tricky Disclosure Questions

June 17, 2016 by Flannary Collins
Category: Law Enforcement Records Disclosure

We received a number of interesting questions during our recent webinar on disclosure of police records that we didn’t have time to answer, and, based on the number of questions submitted, it’s clear that I’m not the only one who finds this to be a difficult area of public records law. So, today I’ll provide my thoughts on some of the trickier questions we weren’t able to address during the webinar.

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The Dynamics of Public Sector Budgeting - Who is the Constituency?

The Dynamics of Public Sector Budgeting - Who is the Constituency?

June 15, 2016 by Stan Finkelstein
Category: Budgets and Budgeting , Council-Commission Advisor

As local government officials begin the process of developing their 2017 budgets, they face an environment of increased uncertainty: an uncertain economy, uncertain levels of inflation and wage demands, changing consumer behavior and revenue yields, an...

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Planners and Police Officers Working Together to Create Livable and Safe Communities

Planners and Police Officers Working Together to Create Livable and Safe Communities

June 14, 2016 by Steve Butler
Category: Design

Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) planners and police officers are working together more and more to achieve each other’s complementary goals to achieve an inviting and safe community.

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Time to Scrap the Annual Performance Review?

Time to Scrap the Annual Performance Review?

June 8, 2016 by Tracy Burrows
Category: Administration and Management

New approaches to performance reviews offer techniques that could enhance the value of public sector performance appraisals.

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Washington Supreme Court Reviews

Washington Supreme Court Reviews "Other Statute" Exemption in Ruling on Sex Offender Records

June 7, 2016 by Adrian Urquhart Winder
Category: Open Government Advisor , Public Records Act

In Doe v. Washington State Patrol, the Washington Supreme Court held that the state’s community notification statute concerning registered sex off...

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Recreational and Medical Marijuana Systems Merge on July 1!

Recreational and Medical Marijuana Systems Merge on July 1!

June 3, 2016 by Jim Doherty
Category: Marijuana

July 1 will mark a major shift in the state’s development of a regulated marijuana market. On that date, there will no longer be both a strictly regulated recreational marijuana system and an almost totally unregulated medical marijuana system. Instead, the two systems will merge into one fairly coherent and consistent system under the jurisdiction of the state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). So, effective July 1, any and all marijuana sales throughout the state that do not take place through state-licensed retail stores will be clearly illegal.

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