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Posts for November 2021

Appeals Court Finds Non-Exempt Workers Must be Paid for All Required Out-of-Town Travel Time

Appeals Court Finds Non-Exempt Workers Must be Paid for All Required Out-of-Town Travel Time

November 29, 2021  by  Flannary Collins
Category:  Court Decisions and AGO Opinions Operating Policies

A recent ruling in Port of Tacoma v. Saks defines what is considered compensable hours when an employee travels for a work-related purpose.

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New Laws About Public Safety

New Laws About Public Safety

November 22, 2021  by  Linda Gallagher
Category:  Law Enforcement New Legislation and Regulations

The 2021 Regular Legislative Session included several bills that impacted local law enforcement agencies, and this blog offers an overview of some of the more complex bills. 

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Making Local Government Holiday Observances More Inclusive

Making Local Government Holiday Observances More Inclusive

November 18, 2021  by  Steve Gross
Category:  Inclusive Communities

The upcoming holiday season offers municipalities a great opportunity to tie their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts into holiday observances so that everyone feels part of the celebration.

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New Program Supports Transition To Cleaner Vehicle Fleets

New Program Supports Transition To Cleaner Vehicle Fleets

November 15, 2021  by  Melinda Spencer
Category:  Energy Resources and Conservation

Local governments wanting to switch to cleaner, zero-emissions car fleets now have a new resource to consult, the Green Transportation Program. 

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How Local Ballot Measures Fared in the 2021 General Election

How Local Ballot Measures Fared in the 2021 General Election

November 10, 2021  by  Steve Hawley
Category:  Elections Forms of Government-City Courts and Criminal Justice System Transportation Finance Forms of Government-County Inclusive Communities

From changes in governance to funding for criminal justice, libraries, and transportation, this blog covers many local ballot measures across the state and how these issues fared in the recent general election.

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New Report Reviews the Efficacy of Impact Fee Deferral Programs

New Report Reviews the Efficacy of Impact Fee Deferral Programs

November 8, 2021  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Impact Fees

JLARC recently released a report detailing the success of local government impact fee deferral programs for the construction of new development, fees that are meant to help finance construction of new public facilities.

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Federal Government Issues COVID Vaccine/Testing Requirements

Federal Government Issues COVID Vaccine/Testing Requirements

November 4, 2021  by  Steve Gross
Category:  COVID-19

New federal COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements have been issued. The State of Washington must adopt its own rules within 30 days that will apply to local governments and must be at least as effective as the federal rules (and could possibly be more stringent).

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Introducing Josh Klika, Procurement & Contracting Consultant

Introducing Josh Klika, Procurement & Contracting Consultant

November 4, 2021  by  Josh Klika
Category:  MRSC News and Updates

MRSC welcomes Josh Klika, most recently with the City of Olympia, as the new Procurement and Contracting Consultant.

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You’ve Been Elected: Now What?

You’ve Been Elected: Now What?

November 1, 2021  by  MRSC Insight
Category:  Elections Administrative and Elected Officials

Now that you've been elected there are a number of steps you'll need to take before assuming office, as well as some resources you might want to check out to get ready for your new adventure. 

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