Coronavirus Resources for Local Governments
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By Steve Gross | Updated July 7
This blog post summarizes the current rules related to wearing face masks in public as outlined in Order 20-03, Proclamation 20-25.6, and the Safe Start Guide. It has been updated to include the expanded statewide facial covering requirements effective July 7
New Regulations for the Use of Facial Recognition Technology
By Flannary Collins | June 22
The purpose of this blog post is to highlight the requirements in ESSB 6280, Washington State's new law regulating the use of facial technology software.
2020 Legislative Outcomes for Procurement and Contracting
By Judy Isaac | June 15
This blog post provides an overview of several bills from the 2020 legislative session that impact local government purchasing and contracting.
New Legislation Expands Washington's Anti-Discrimination Law
By Sarah Doar | June 11
This blog post reviews new laws passed during the 2020 legislative session that expand the state's anti-discrimination law to prohibit racial discrimination on the basis of hair and discrimination on the basis of citizenship status.
New Privacy in Public Employment
By Sarah Doar | June 4
This blog post reviews SSHB 1888, which creates new public records exemptions for certain information in personnel and public employment records and went into effect on June 11.
Planning for the Safe Reopening of Public Buildings
By Steve Butler | May 14
Local governments are in the process of planning how and when they will reopen facilities, both for staff and for the public. This blog post offers suggestions to consider in a phased reopening.
Choosing the Right Annual Financial Report for Your Entity
By Mike Bailey and Toni Nelson | May 11
In this final installment of this four-part series, this blog post compares cash-basis and GAAP-reporting options for filing the required annual financial report.
Public Records Considerations in the Era of Telecommuting
By Sarah Doar | April 27
This blog post looks at how an agency can exercise some control over its public records when these may be located
or taken — outside the workplace.