MRSC Insight Blog
Posts for July 2016
In City of Lakewood v. Robert Willis, the state supreme court struck down two sections of a “begging” ordinance as unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment rights of an individual who was at a freeway ramp holding a sign indicating he had disabilities and needed help.
On June 9, 2016 three legislative bills became effective that affect the procedures for purchasing and contracting for local governments in Washington State. Here is a quick summary of those changes.
The "power of three" is a writing principle that states that things in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, and more effective than any other number of things. The power of three also translates perfectly into an actionable and sustainable change management strategy.
A 2016 legislative bill (ESB 6439) provides more clarity on local government investment options and requirements.
Spokane County COO John Dickson shares another story about how the county is using lean principles to improve its services - this time, an account from Nautice Pham about how the county got feedback from its golf customers.
After months of review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final regulations governing the manufacture, distribution, and sale of e-cigarettes, vapor liquids, and some tobacco products. The federal regulations come soon after the passage of a new Washington law (ESSB 6328) that, among other things, also regulates the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products and prohibits their sale to persons under the age of 18. The federal regulations make additional requirements not covered by the state law, but, where both address the same subject, there does not appear to be any conflict.
In a recent AWC survey, public officials identified budget topics as their second most important area of interest (after economic development). This article explores the survey results more deeply and sees how they align ewith the efforts of organizations like MRSC and AWC to help you create your best budget.
If your agency receives a request for records, some of which appear to be judicial records, what's the safest way to proceed?
This blog post highlights the key challenges that Human Resources professionals face and the skills needed to meet those challenges.