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Association of Washington Cities honors Rep. Terry Nealey with City Champion Award

OLYMPIA, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, honored Representative Terry Nealey (R-Dayton) with a City Champion Award.

Nealey was recognized on October 27 in Kennewick at an AWC Regional Meeting. He is one of six legislators recognized for championing city priorities during the 2016 legislative session. Specifically, Nealey is recognized for his work on the Local Government Champions Caucus and efforts to strengthen the Public Records Act.

“It’s an honor to present this award to Representative Nealey,” said AWC Board President and Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci. “We recognize and applaud his leadership in the Local Government Champions Caucus and all of the work he’s done for cities on Public Records Act reforms.”

Nealey played a key role in cosponsoring a bipartisan supported bill to strengthen and clarify key portions of the Public Records Act.

AWC Government Relations Director Dave Williams said “while efforts to move the bill were ultimately unsuccessful, Representative Nealey worked tirelessly with stakeholders and other legislators to bring the bill up for a vote in the House. AWC continues to work on this issue and is engaging stakeholders over the interim in preparation for the 2017 session.”

“We want to keep government transparent and open. My public records work with cities would help limit the vexatious and abusive serial requestors,” said Nealey. “Thank you for this award. I look forward to continuing to work with cities.”

“As the state continues to address funding for K-12 education and other priorities, its historic partnership with cities to provide funding for important city programs and services has diminished,” said Williams. “Cities need champions in the Legislature, like Representative Nealey.”

City Champion Awards are a component of AWC’s Strong Cities, Great State campaign that brings cities and towns together to achieve greater results and deliver stronger services. This is the third year the City Champion Awards have been presented to select legislators.

AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies.

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