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

27

Jan

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.

27

Jan

2017

Bills exempt public employee addresses GPS data from records requests

HB 1317 and SB 5207 would exempt from release GPS data that indicates a public employee’s residential address.

12

Dec

2016

PRA stakeholder group on verge of concluding, legislative proposals in the works

Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) and Rep. Terry Nealey (R-Dayton) convened a group of stakeholders over the interim to discuss challenges and possible solutions to public records issues.

12

Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

28

Oct

2016

The Use of Body Worn Cameras Task Force

The Use of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) Task Force recently held its second meeting on October 7 in Richland, WA.

30

Sep

2016

Public Records update

As we reported previously, the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) released their Public Records Study.

8

Sep

2016

State Auditor's Office releases report on public records

The State Auditor's Office (SAO) released their public records report, "The Effect of Public Records Requests on State and Local Government."

22

Jul

2016

AWC continues push to strengthen the Public Records Act

During the 2016 legislative session, legislative champions in the House actively promoted bipartisan legislation to address changes in technology and burdensome requests.

17

Jun

2016

Open Public Meetings Act guidance FAQ

New OPMA guidance addresses several frequently asked questions (FAQ) about boards and commissions that conduct a search to fill an agency position.

20

May

2016

DOC wants you to know about a public records injunction against an inmate

The Department of Corrections (DOC) has obtained an injunction against inmate David Troupe, DOC 765714, under RCW 42.56.565.

28

Apr

2016

Lots of effort, but little change in public records

Despite an amazing effort by our bill sponsors, bipartisan support, a wide variety of local government supporters, and tremendous response from our cities, we were unable to advance BT HB 2576 and its modest changes to the public records law.

11

Mar

2016

Body camera bill passes Legislature, on to Governor for signature

AWC priority bill HB 2362, regarding police body-worn cameras, has passed the Legislature and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signature.

8

Mar

2016

Five things you can do to celebrate Sunshine Week

March 13-19 is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

7

Mar

2016

Police body-worn camera passes Senate

HB 2362 regarding policy body-worn cameras passed the Senate just prior to the latest cutoff.

26

Feb

2016

Public records priority bill dead for the session

Unfortunately, in spite of all of the efforts by cities and the hard work of the cosponsors, HB 2576 was not voted on by the House and is dead for the session.
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