MRSC Insight Blog
Posts for August 2016
In our latest Planning Advisor column, Joe Tovar argues that city, town, and county councils should remove themselves from quasi-judicial roles and delegate that authority to hearing examiners instead.
This post highlights selected ballot measures from the August 2 primary election, including a sales tax to help address the opioid epidemic, large capital projects in Eastern Washington, and a police funding measure that experienced a 180-degree turnaround from last year.
Optional municipal code (code) and first class (charter) cities in Washington have many more powers than we think. City officials and their lawyers frequently wrestle with whether they have sufficient authority to do one thing or another, and then run to the legislature for express permission. But that’s often not necessary.
An informal opinion from the Attorney General's office states that a municipality may award lodging tax revenues to a recipient in an amount that differs from the LTAC recommendations, as long as the legislative body follows the right process.
A recent case from Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals (Division III), Kittitas County v. Allphin, provides strong support for the ability of local governments to work with state agencies in enforcing state and local laws, and to have certain communications related to these enforcement actions protected as privileged under the common interest doctrine.
This post is about giving local governments some information on how and what a good approach to take is when addressing public comments on their Facebook or other social media pages.
A look at an innovative new homeless housing project in Seattle from Compass Housing Alliance and OneBuild.
In 2015, the state required cities and counties to provide to MRSC, for posting on our website, all regulations imposing requirements on sellers/landlords to disclose information to purchasers/renters. This year the legislature amended the legislation to clarify ambiguities.