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June 2021


Changing Your Zoning Code to Accommodate Housing and Shelters for the Homeless

Changing Your Zoning Code to Accommodate Housing and Shelters for the Homeless

June 29, 2021 by Steve Butler
Category: Development Regulations and Zoning , Homelessness

This blog provides and overview and guidance regarding E2SHB 1220, which encourages local governments to take active steps to accommodate transitional housing, emergency shelters, and similar facilities via zoning and regulatory updates.

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COVID-19: Where Things Stand as of June 24, 2021

COVID-19: Where Things Stand as of June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Open Public Meetings Act , Utilities - Billing and Collection , Operating Policies , COVID-19

Washington is just days away from the much-anticipated June 30 reopening, and the state is in the process of updating many of its guidance documents. This blog post sets forth our understanding of where things stand now and what things may look like starting June 30.

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MRSC Welcomes New Public Policy Consultant Lisa Pool

MRSC Welcomes New Public Policy Consultant Lisa Pool

June 24, 2021 by Lisa Pool
Category: MRSC News and Updates

Formerly a senior planner with the City of Bellingham, Lisa Pool has joined MRSC as the new Public Policy Consultant.

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Holding Two Public Offices: The Doctrine of Incompatible Offices

Holding Two Public Offices: The Doctrine of Incompatible Offices

June 21, 2021 by MRSC Insight
Category: Incompatible Offices

This blog looks at how to determine if a person can hold two public offices simultaneously.

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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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