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Published on Friday, February 1, 2013

AWC priority public record bill needs your support now

AWC’s priority bill HB 1128 was heard in the House Local Government Committee on January 25. It was a great hearing with lots of support from the variety of local governments represented. We are now working with the bill sponsor, Rep. Takko (D-Longview), on a few amendments to address some concerns raised by legislators, but we expect the bill to be passed out of committee sometime during the week of February 4. However, legislators are under a great deal of pressure from the newspaper industry and open government advocates to stop the bill. Legislators need to hear from you how cities are committed to open and transparent government but are being harassed by those who abuse the Public Records Act to disrupt government. These abusive requestors waste resources and impact our ability to serve our residents and help legitimate records requestors. Please contact the bill sponsors and members of the House Local Government Committee and let them know you support HB 1128.