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Posts for May 2018

Encouraging Neighborhood-Friendly, Residential Infill Development

Residential infill development can be used as an approach for communities experiencing a moderate/high rate of residential development or those looking to create a diversity of housing options for all income levels. This blog post looks at options ranging from ADU's to cottage housing and more. 

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EU’s General Data Protection Regulation: Does It Apply to Your Agency?

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation addresses data protection and privacy for EU citizens by giving residents more control over thier personal data and by simplifying the regulatory environment for international businesses.  In this post, Jim Doherty looks at whether or not it also applies to local governments. 

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WVRA: To Change or Not to Change?

The new Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) gives most municipalities the authority to change their election systems to remedy potential issues relating to equal voting opportunities for members of certain protected classes. This blog answers some common questions MRSC has gotten about the WRVA. 

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Bitcoin Comes to Washington

What is cryptocurrency and why have public utility districts, cities, and counties across the state enacted ordinances and moratoriums impacting the businesses seeking to profit from "mining" cryptocurrency? This blog post looks at the complexities.  

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JLARC Unveils Public Records Reporting System

MRSC has received many questions about JLARC public records reporting requirements as modified by the 2017 bill ESHB 1594. This blog post looks at the reporting requirements for local governments and JLARC's newly unveiled reporting system.

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Using MRSC’s Tax and Population Data

MRSC's website contains recent historical information on property taxes, sales tax distributions, and population. This data can help you examine basic financial information and trends within your jurisdiction or compare your jurisdiction to nearby or peer jurisdictions.

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A Grab Bag of Ask MRSC Questions

This blog post offers several examples of questions MRSC's legal and policy experts get from local government staff and elected officials. 

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SEC Enforcement in the Municipal Securities Market

Over the last few years, the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission has significantly stepped up its enforcement activity in the municipal bond market. This blog post looks at that trend.

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Alternative Fuel Requirement Deadline Fast Approaching

Effective June 1, 2018, all local government subdivisions are required to satisfy 100% of their fuel usage for operating publicly owned vessels, vehicles, and construction equipment from electricity or biofuel. This blog post looks at the legislation, requirements, and options.

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New Limits on Use of Criminal Background Checks During the Hiring Process

Under the new Washington Fair Chance Act, an employer may only ask about a person’s arrest or conviction history once the employer has made the initial determination that the applicant is qualified.

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