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August 2021


Redistricting and the 2020 Census

Redistricting and the 2020 Census

August 30, 2021 by Linda Gallagher
Category: Elections , Tax and Population Data

Local governments using a district-based voting system must begin the process of redistricting in response to the 2020 Census, although a delay in distribution of this data also means new redistricting deadlines.

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Non-Traditional Approaches Used by Local Governments to Address Homelessness

Non-Traditional Approaches Used by Local Governments to Address Homelessness

August 26, 2021 by Emma Diamond
Category: Homelessness , Guest Author

This blog looks at municipal programs that use hotels and motels to provide temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness. 

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Face Coverings and Vaccine Requirements: Where Things Stand as of August 23, 2021

Face Coverings and Vaccine Requirements: Where Things Stand as of August 23, 2021

August 24, 2021 by Sarah Doar
Category: Operating Policies , COVID-19

This blog covers the latest state-issued face mask requirements, new vaccination requirements for education/childcare staff (including youth parks and recreation programs), and clarifications to existing provisions such as vaccine requirements for law enforcement and contractors.

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Regulating Signs During Election Season

Regulating Signs During Election Season

August 19, 2021 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Elections , Sign Control

This blog will touch on some frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of political signage. 

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2021 Housing and Planning-Related Legislative Outcomes

2021 Housing and Planning-Related Legislative Outcomes

August 16, 2021 by Lisa Pool
Category: Housing , Impact Fees , New Legislation and Regulations , Homelessness

This blog post summarizes several housing and planning-related bills that were passed during the 2021 legislative session.  

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On-Road ATV Use Broadened Slightly In 2021

On-Road ATV Use Broadened Slightly In 2021

August 12, 2021 by MRSC Insight
Category: Traffic Regulation and Enforcement , New Legislation and Regulations

This blog offers an update on the use and regulation of ATVs on public roads, including an overview of two bills from 2021 impacting ATV use and licensure.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements in the Local Government Workplace

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements in the Local Government Workplace

August 11, 2021 by Flannary Collins
Category: Personnel Policies , COVID-19

This blog post looks at the legal authority for government employers to require employees to be vaccinated, as well as the main issues to consider before establishing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program.

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Legislation Aimed at Counties Impacts Coroners, Operational Continuity

Legislation Aimed at Counties Impacts Coroners, Operational Continuity

August 9, 2021 by Steve Gross
Category: Emergency Management , New Legislation and Regulations , Administrative and Elected Officials-County

This blog offers an overview of two recent bills that affect county officers: ESHB 1326 and EHB 1271.

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Emergency Rule Protects Outdoor Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Emergency Rule Protects Outdoor Workers from Wildfire Smoke

August 5, 2021 by Leah LaCivita
Category: Fire Protection , New Legislation and Regulations , Operating Policies

This blog provides an overview of a new rule meant to protect workers from the harms of excessive exposure to wildfire smoke. 

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Streamlining Meetings Through the Consent Agenda

Streamlining Meetings Through the Consent Agenda

August 2, 2021 by WMCA
Category: Legislative Body , Guest Author

This blog offers an overview of consent agendas and how some Washington local governments are using this tool.

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