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Ask LMC: Can Cities Regulate the Use of Drones? January 2019

LMC staff answer your questions about regulation of drones, fair share union fees, and contractors' insurance coverage.

Ask LMC: What Playground Surfaces Enhance Safety and Accessibility? November 2018

LMC staff answer your questions about playgrounds, deputy mayors, documenting employee discipline, and hunting in city limits.

Ask LMC: When Does the Name of a Candidate for City Office Become Public? September 2018

LMC staff answer your questions about when candidate data becomes public, psychological testing in recruitment, and OSHA reporting requirements.

Ask LMC: Computer Security—Always Change Vendor Defaults July 2018

LMC staff answer questions about cybersecurity with a small staff, sexual harassment liability, and the classification of lodging tax data.

Ask LMC: Can the City Spend Money to Host a ‘National Night Out’ Event? May 2018

LMC staff answer questions about spending for police community events, cybersecurity, employee vacation cash-outs, and mutual aid agreements.

Ask LMC: Are Donations to a City Tax-Deductible? March 2018

LMC staff answer questions about claiming a deduction for a city donation, interviewing job candidates, and cybersecurity.

Ask LMC: Keeping City Computer Systems Secure January 2018

LMC staff answer questions about cybersecurity, posting proposed ordinances, union contracts, and contractor payment bonds.

Ask LMC: City Liability for Youth Sentenced to Community Service November 2017

LMC staff answer questions about court-ordered community service, fire relief association boards, and increasing workforce diversity.

Ask LMC: What Should a Data Practices Policy Cover? September 2017

LMC staff answer questions about data practices, employee leave policies, and requirements for outdoor ice rinks.

Ask LMC: Can the City Do Drug and Alcohol Testing for Job Applicants? July 2017

LMC staff answer questions about drug and alcohol testing, insurance requirements for contractors, and collecting late utility payments.

Ask LMC: What Are the Requirements for Lifeguards? May 2017

LMC staff answer questions about lifeguards, probation periods for veterans a city employs, and temporary liquor licenses.

Ask LMC: How Is Property Value Determined for Property Taxes? March 2017

LMC staff answer questions about property assessments, independent contractors, security of materials, and gambling funds.