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March 2021


The Status of Drug Possession in Washington State

The Status of Drug Possession in Washington State

March 29, 2021 by Flannary Collins
Category: Court Decisions and AGO Opinions , Courts and Criminal Justice System

This blog provides an overview of the recent state supreme court decision in State v. Blake, which found that Washington’s strict liability drug possession statute was unconstitutional.  

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COVID-19 and Local Governments: Where Things Stand as of March 22, 2021

COVID-19 and Local Governments: Where Things Stand as of March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Open Public Meetings Act , Utilities - Billing and Collection , COVID-19

This blog details several updates and links to new guidance from Governor Jay Inslee's office regarding the state's move into Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan. 

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Countering Racial Bias and Harassment Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Countering Racial Bias and Harassment Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 22, 2021 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Inclusive Communities , COVID-19

This blog post looks at how local governments can counter racial bias and harassment that's arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Troublesome Behavior: Defending Against Harassment of Public Officials and Employees

Troublesome Behavior: Defending Against Harassment of Public Officials and Employees

March 18, 2021 by Sarah Doar
Category: Personnel Policies , Administrative and Elected Officials , Administrative and Elected Officials-County

This blog explores strategies for dealing with members of the public who cross the line into harassing elected officials or local government staff.

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American Rescue Plan Provides More Relief to Local Governments

American Rescue Plan Provides More Relief to Local Governments

March 17, 2021 by Eric Lowell
Category: Revenues , COVID-19

The American Rescue Plan Act ("ARP" or "ARPA") provides significant new funds for local governments, as well as an optional expansion of FFCRA leave. While we don't yet know all the logistics, this blog post provides a preliminary overview.

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Disaster Zone: Lessons from Texas and Lebanon

Disaster Zone: Lessons from Texas and Lebanon

March 15, 2021 by Eric Holdeman
Category: Emergency Management

This blog looks at the 2021 winter storm in Texas and the 2020 Beirut port explosion and asks how lessons learned from each might apply to earthquake preparedness in Washington. 

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Vacancies in Elected Office – Questions and Answers (Part 2)

Vacancies in Elected Office – Questions and Answers (Part 2)

March 11, 2021 by Steve Gross
Category: Legislative Body

This two-part blog series looks at vacancies of elected office. Part Two covers questions related to filling a vacant elected position. 

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Vacancies in Elected Office – Questions and Answers (Part 1)

Vacancies in Elected Office – Questions and Answers (Part 1)

March 8, 2021 by Steve Gross
Category: Legislative Body

This two-part blog series looks at vacancies of elected office. Part One covers questions related to how (and when) an elected position becomes vacant. 

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Meeting the Challenge of Washington’s New Clean Buildings Standard

Meeting the Challenge of Washington’s New Clean Buildings Standard

March 4, 2021 by Bonnie Frye Hemphill
Category: Climate Change , Energy Resources and Conservation , Design

This blog post will provide an overview of the New Clean Building Standard and how it applies to your publicly owned buildings. 

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New Federal Funding for Rent and Utility Assistance

New Federal Funding for Rent and Utility Assistance

March 1, 2021 by Eric Lowell
Category: Revenues , COVID-19

This blog provides an overview of new funding available through the Coronavirus Response Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) to help with rent and utility assistance for any households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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