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Published on Friday, January 27, 2017

AWC priority public records bills dropped with broad bipartisan support last week

Two of AWC’s top priority bills on public records have been dropped in the House. HB 1594, sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland), and HB 1595, sponsored by Rep. Terry Nealey (R-Dayton), are bills developed in an extensive stakeholder process during the interim. Both bills enjoy strong bipartisan support with 38 co-sponsors on HB 1595 and30 co-sponsors for HB 1594. See below for an overview of what each bill proposes to do and click here for an updated public records factsheet.

HB 1595

  • Amends the PRA to allow cities to charge a small fee for providing copies of electronic records.
  • Creates the ability for cities to deny overwhelming computer generated “bot” requests.
  • Prohibits overly broad requests for all of a city’s records.
  • Creates a way for cities to apply a service charge to exceptionally complex requests.

HB 1594

  • Requires training for records officers to address issues of retention, production and disclosure of electronic records.
  • Creates a grant program within the Office of the Secretary of State for local governments to improve their public record management systems.
  • Establishes a program within the Office of the Attorney General to consult with local governments on public records best practices.
  • Creates a study on the feasibility of establishing a statewide open records portal.
  • Provides for mediation between a city and a requestor when there is disagreement on a request.
Categories: Open government