The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is a nonprofit organization that helps local governments across Washington State better serve their communities by providing legal and policy guidance on a wide array of topics. MRSC provides services to all 39 counties in Washington, in addition to all cities and hundreds of special purpose districts, state agencies, and other government partners.

MRSC’s trusted staff attorneys and policy consultants provide personalized assistance by phone and email, at conferences and training sessions, and through extensive online articles and resources. Every year, MRSC answers thousands of questions helping staff and elected officials research policies, comply with state and federal laws, and improve day-to-day operations.

MRSC also provides analysis of major legislation and court decisions that impact local governments, as well as innovative examples that demonstrate effective solutions to common problems. When the legal landscape changes or new challenges arise, MRSC is there to clarify the issues and help local government leaders access the information they need to better serve their communities.

MRSC has been serving local governments in Washington for almost 90 years. Originally established in 1934 as the University of Washington Bureau of Governmental Research, MRSC has operated as a private nonprofit under chapter 43.110 RCW since 1969.

Learn more about MRSC, their services, and what they do for counties by visiting their website.