MRSC Insight Blog
Posts for June 2015
With a little breathing room during the summer, here's recommendations for three things to do before budget season comes in at full force.
On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that an Arizona town’s sign code placed unconstitutional content-based restrictions on speech, in violation of the First Amendment. The court’s decision in Reed v, Town of Gilbert almost certainly places many sign ordinances throughout the state, and the country, on questionable legal footing.
Redmond Finance Director Mike Bailey explains how Redmond shifted its budgeting process to better focus on citizen priorities.
Social media is a powerful tool for engagement, but often a nightmare for public records officers. We interviewed Leslie Koziara Turner with the State Archives to see what strategies local governments can use to manage their social media records.
Under chapter 35.13A RCW, a city council may, by resolution or ordinance, assume jurisdiction of (basically, take over) all or part of a water-sewer district, with the extent of that assumption of jurisdiction based on how much of the area or assessed value of the district lies within the city.
MRSC HR Advisor Cabot Dow continues his series on sick leave with some policy recommendations for reducing abuse of sick leave.
What if someone makes a PRA request for records related to a former employee? Do these exemptions still apply? In a recent decision, the Washington State Court of Appeals held that these exemptions apply not only to current employees, but also to former employees.