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Historic Bill Focuses on Wildfire Prevention, Forest Reclamation

Historic Bill Focuses on Wildfire Prevention, Forest Reclamation

June 17, 2021  by  Leah LaCivita
Category:  Forests and Trees Emergency Management Fire Protection

This blog looks at 2SHB 1168, which will increase spending on wildland fire prevention and response activities by $125 million over the next two years and up to $328 million by 2027.

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Recent Developments in Washington Public Records — June 2021

Recent Developments in Washington Public Records — June 2021

June 14, 2021  by  Sarah Doar
Category:  Court Decisions and AGO Opinions Public Records Act New Legislation and Regulations

This blog reviews recent developments in the law that impacts the disclosure of public records.

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Employee Bonuses and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Employee Bonuses and the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 10, 2021  by  Oskar Rey
Category:  Compensation COVID-19

This blog considers whether local governments may give bonuses to employees for working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Washington Local Governments Tackle Reopening Plans

Washington Local Governments Tackle Reopening Plans

June 7, 2021  by  Tracy Burrows
Category:  Personnel Policies Operating Policies COVID-19

This blog focuses on reopening plans for Washington State local governments as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. 

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Vaccine Incentive Policies in the Local Government Workplace

Vaccine Incentive Policies in the Local Government Workplace

June 3, 2021  by  Flannary Collins
Category:  Operating Policies COVID-19

This blog looks at considerations around vaccine incentive policies in the local government workplace.

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Election Season Tips & Reminders

Election Season Tips & Reminders

June 1, 2021  by  Linda Gallagher
Category:  Elections

This blog highlights some of MRSC’s guidance about participating in elections — as a candidate, a local government employee, or an observer.

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Face Masks in the Local Government Workplace

Face Masks in the Local Government Workplace

May 26, 2021  by  Steve Gross
Category:  Operating Policies COVID-19

This blog post discusses the latest COVID-19 facial covering requirements for local government employers, employees, and visitors, in light of new guidance regarding face masks for fully vaccinated individuals.

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Face Masks and In-Person Public Meetings

Face Masks and In-Person Public Meetings

May 24, 2021  by  Steve Gross
Category:  Open Public Meetings Act COVID-19

This blog offers an overview of the current face mask requirements, including for fully vaccinated individuals, for in-person public meeting components during the latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Expanding Olympia’s Residential Building Capacity Under HB 1923

Expanding Olympia’s Residential Building Capacity Under HB 1923

May 20, 2021  by  Joyce Phillips
Category:  Housing

This blog, the second in a two-part series on how finding missing middle housing can expand affordable housing options, will focus on how Olympia used state-based legislation, E2SHB 1923 and SHB 2343, to encourage the development of more missing middle housing in the city.

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Expanding Affordable Housing Options Through Missing Middle Housing

Expanding Affordable Housing Options Through Missing Middle Housing

May 17, 2021  by  Leonard Bauer
Category:  Housing Development Regulations and Zoning

Part 1 of this two-part blog series looks at how a missing middle housing program can bring new affordable housing options to a city, using case studies from Wenatchee, Orting, Lake Stevens, Fife, and Walla Walla.

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Treasury Issues Guidance for Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Treasury Issues Guidance for Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

May 13, 2021  by  Eric Lowell
Category:  Revenues COVID-19

This blog post reviews the May 10 guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury regarding how Local Fiscal Recovery Funds may be spent under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), including allowed uses, replacing lost revenues, and reporting requirements.

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Public Records Act Reports Due July 1, 2021

Public Records Act Reports Due July 1, 2021

May 10, 2021  by  Sarah Doar
Category:  Public Records Act

Any public agency that spends over $100,000 in activities associated with managing public records and responding to public records requests will need to file a report on these activities with the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee by July 1, 2021. 

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What to Consider When Waiving Retainage and Bonds

What to Consider When Waiving Retainage and Bonds

May 6, 2021  by  Judy Isaac
Category:  Purchasing and Contracting

This blog focuses on why (or why not) an agency might waive retainage and bonds for a public works project.

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New MRSC Website Improvements Make Information Even Easier to Find

New MRSC Website Improvements Make Information Even Easier to Find

May 3, 2021  by  Steve Hawley
Category:  MRSC News and Updates

This blog post covers recent improvements made to our website that will make it easier for you to find the information that you are seeking.

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Looking Ahead: Holding “Hybrid” Public Meetings

Looking Ahead: Holding “Hybrid” Public Meetings

April 29, 2021  by  Emma Diamond
Category:  Legislative Body

This blog provides an overview of the hybrid public meeting model, which combines in-person and online public attendance.

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Setting the Agenda: Less Control, More Cooperation

Setting the Agenda: Less Control, More Cooperation

April 26, 2021  by  Steve Gross
Category:  Legislative Body

This blog looks at best practices on setting public meeting agendas for cities, towns, counties, or special purpose districts. 

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Cybercrime: A Hard Lesson

Cybercrime: A Hard Lesson

April 22, 2021  by  Eric Lowell
Category:  Cybersecurity

This blog looks at precautions a local government can take to counter vendor fraud perpetrated by cyber criminals. 

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Bringing the Family to Work

Bringing the Family to Work

April 19, 2021  by  Jill Dvorkin
Category:  Recruitment and Hiring Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

This blog looks at nepotism and how it applies to local governments. 

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Local Fireworks Regulations: Timing is Everything

Local Fireworks Regulations: Timing is Everything

April 15, 2021  by  MRSC Insight
Category:  Licensing and Regulation

This blog covers the basics of when and how cities and counties may restrict the sale and/or use of fireworks within their boundaries.

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The Lasting Impacts of Discriminatory Restrictive Covenants

The Lasting Impacts of Discriminatory Restrictive Covenants

April 12, 2021  by  Oskar Rey
Category:  Inclusive Communities

This blog looks at discriminatory restrictive covenants in county real property records and how property owners may remove or "strike" them from the record. 

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