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Published on Friday, January 18, 2013

City public records proposals set for hearings

On the second day of session, AWC and Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) staff briefed the House Government Operations & Elections Committee on the challenges local governments face with the Public Records and Open Meetings Acts. You can watch the briefing here. In response to these challenges, AWC is supporting two bills designed to curb public records abuses, and both are scheduled for hearings in the coming week.

HB 1128 was introduced last week and provides local governments with the ability to seek a civil injunction when faced with a financially motivated, punitive, or retributive request. The bill also allows jurisdictions to adopt a policy limiting the number of hours devoted to public records requests. We are pleased that 26 legislators signed on to the bill and we thank Rep. Takko (D-Longview) for being the prime sponsor. The bill was referred to the House Local Government Committee for consideration, and we expect it to be scheduled for a public hearing the week of January 21. Please let members of this committee know that your city supports this AWC priority.

The second public records bill cities are supporting, HB 1037, allows jurisdictions to charge a fee for records requested for commercial purposes. The bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Government Operations & Elections Committee on January 23 at 1:30pm. Please ask your legislators to support this bill.

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