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Published on Friday, February 19, 2016

Public records priority bill still waits for House vote – needs to move quickly to survive the next cutoff

AWC priority bill, HB 2576, addressing local government public records disputes, was granted a reprieve from the cutoff deadline of February 17 to pass bills out of their house of origin. Cosponsors Representative McBride (D-Kirkland) and Representative Nealey (R-Dayton) have continued to work with stakeholders to refine the bill. The amended version of the bill is a streamlined approach that:

  • Authorizes local governments to prioritize records requests based on criteria including complexity or size of the request while ensuring requests for records for imminent legislative, judicial and administrative action are given highest priority for response.
  • Clarifies that requests for all of an agency’s records are not valid for identifiable records and that a request by a computer “bot” is also not a valid request.
  • Establishes an interim task force to look at a number of issues around public records.

Time is definitely of the essence at this point – the bill needs to pass the House and then be heard and passed by the appropriate Senate Committee (likely the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee) by the next cutoff deadline, Friday, February 26.

This short turn around makes it more important than ever for cities to talk to your local Representatives and Senators now about the importance of passing this bill this session. Click here for more information and talking points.

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