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GMA at 25: Looking Back, Looking Forward

GMA at 25: Looking Back, Looking Forward

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA).  In this article Joseph Tovar provides a thorough look back at what prompted this monumental law, how it’s held up, and what its future may hold.
 

In Focus

How Mayors Can Mend Police's Public Relations The nation’s mayors released a report highlighting ways cities can rebuild the broken trust between police officers and citizens. More from Governing. January 29, 2015

Emerging Issues and Featured Practices

OPMA and PRA Practice Tips and Checklists

MRSC, in partnership with the State Auditor's Local Government Performance Center, developed practical guidance and tools for local agencies on the Public Records Act (PRA) and the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).
 

Emerging Issue: Police Body Cameras in Washington State

These officer-activated cameras, which are small enough to clip to the officer’s uniform or sunglasses, can record audio and video of police interactions with the public, providing a record of events that goes well beyond the limited view provided by the more familiar dash-mounted vehicle cameras. But what are the benefits, and what have police departments done in Washington?