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Courthouse Journal

The Courthouse Journal is the official newsletter of the Washington Association of County Officials. Along with a newsletter to members, WACO also hosts the Courthouse Journal blog.

Jun 17

Annual Conference Member Registration Opening Soon!

Posted on June 17, 2021 at 11:21 AM by Melanie Terry

WACO is currently planning to release Membership Registration in July once we receive clear and consistent guidelines for large event planning. Please read the full blog for more information. 

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May 20

May – Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted on May 20, 2021 at 12:36 PM by Melanie Terry

During the Month of May, The National Association of Mental Illness joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. The 2021 Mental health Awareness Month amplifies the message of “You Are Not Alone.” Through this blog WACO explores Mental Health resources in Washington State for government employees, as well as counties that have implemented mental health programs for their employees 


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Apr 29

WACO 2021 Legislative Session Outcomes Report

Posted on April 29, 2021 at 1:47 PM by Melanie Terry

Headed into the 2021 session, legislative leadership communicated clearly that given the unique, unprecedented challenges posed by a virtual session, the number of bills introduced would be greatly reduced and those advanced would need to clearly relate to legislative priorities.  Given these challenges, WACO is pleased and proud that 6 of our original 8 priority bills were successfully passed this session.  Among them, the first cross-affiliate bill in recent history, which gained us repeated praise for its no-cost continuity of operations focus and the collaboration among affiliates it represented.   WACO members worked diligently with legislators and stakeholders on positive solutions to bills that posed significant implementation challenges, and as a result greatly reduced the number of bills on which sustained opposition was required

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