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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

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Nov

2017

Public records performance metrics in HB 1594 – JLARC guidance now available for data reporting by July 2018

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests.

13

Nov

2017

Public records performance metrics in HB 1594 – Guidance expected soon

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests.

6

Oct

2017

Police body camera task force continues to meet, report due by end of year

The state’s task force on body-worn cameras will meet on October 16 in Ellensburg.

8

Sep

2017

AGO proposes changes to public records Model Rules, deadline for initial comment September 29

The Washington Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has proposed updated language to the Public Record Act Model Rules.

14

Aug

2017

Big win for AWC, priority public records laws pass this year

2017 was a big year for public records with the passage of two of AWC’s priorities bills.

21

Jul

2017

Webinar on new public records laws now available

Last week AWC joined MRSC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) to host a webinar about the new public records laws.

21

Jul

2017

Preliminary guidance on new public records reporting requirements

HB 1594 created a new reporting requirement for certain public records data from agencies that meet a $100,000 threshold.

28

Jun

2017

Sign up for webinar on newly-passed public records laws

Join us on July 17 at 10:30 am for a webinar on new public records laws that will affect your cities.

16

Jun

2017

New public records bills effective July 23, implementation work just beginning

The effective date of AWC’s two priority public records is July 23, 2017.

2

Jun

2017

Public records bill allows executive sessions for sensitive information technology discussions

Rep. Hudgins’ bill, HB 1417, expands the use of local government executive sessions to include discussing information technology (IT) issues.

19

May

2017

New non-English emergency notice requirements signed into law

SB 5046 was signed into law on May 16, creating a new requirement for local emergency management organizations.

16

May

2017

Governor signs AWC priority public records bills

The Legislature passed HB 1594 and HB 1595 when the House voted to concur on the changes made by the Senate. The House concurrence vote for both bills was a strong bipartisan showing of 80-18.

5

May

2017

Governor signs two open government cybersecurity bills

Governor Inslee signed two bills related to cybersecurity and open government.

5

May

2017

Permanent records injunction against Department of Corrections inmate

The Department of Corrections sought and has been granted a permanent injunction against inmate Julian Tarver, DOC 885530 under RCW 42.56.565.

21

Apr

2017

Update on other notable public records bills

Aside from AWC’s top priority public records bills, we have been following a few other notable bills on the topic.
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