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Published on Friday, January 8, 2016

Bill would increase penalties for Open Public Meetings Act violations

Under current state law, a member of a governing body who knowingly violates the Open Public Meetings Act can be found to be personally liable and fined a civil violation of $100.

SB 6171/HB 2353, sponsored by Sen. Pam Roach (R-Sumner) and Rep. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) would increase this fine to $500 for a first violation. In addition, if a member of a governing body who has been assessed previous penalties again knowingly violates the Open Public Meetings Act, the penalty may be increased to $1,000.

SB 6171 is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee on Thursday, January 14 at 10 am. Currently HB 2353 has not been scheduled.

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