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

14

Feb

2014

Senate to hear Washington Voting Rights Act

Having passed the House in late January, the Senate Governmental Operations Committee is scheduled to hear HB 1413, the Washington Voting Rights Act, on Thursday, February 20.

7

Feb

2014

Open government training for elected officials

The companion bills requiring open government training, SB 5964/HB 2121, have survived the first legislative cutoff having been voted out of their respective policy committees.

7

Feb

2014

Public record exemption bills continue to move

A number of bills exempting certain documents from public disclosure also survived this week’s deadline to be approved by a policy committee.

31

Jan

2014

Voting Rights Act passes House

This week, the Washington Voting Rights Act, HB 1413, passed the full House.

31

Jan

2014

Cost recovery for commercial records to be heard next week

For the past two sessions, AWC has been supporting HB 1037, which establishes a cost recovery mechanism for public records for commercial purposes.

31

Jan

2014

Sunshine Committee recommendations

Last year’s bill implementing the Sunshine Committee’s recommendations, SHB 1298, is scheduled for executive session next week in the House Government Operations & Elections Committee.

24

Jan

2014

Mandatory public records training

Earlier this week, the House Government Operations & Elections Committee passed a substitute version of HB 2121.

24

Jan

2014

New Attorney General open government resources

The Attorney General’s office has developed a web page of open government resources.

24

Jan

2014

Public record exemption bills scheduled for hearings

This week, legislative committees will hear a number of bills exempting certain documents and information from public records disclosure.

24

Jan

2014

Posting meeting agendas on city websites

AWC has been working with the sponsor of HB 2105 to ensure that any requirement to post regular meeting agendas on websites is workable for all cities.

17

Jan

2014

Web postings of regular meeting agendas

Last week we wrote about HB 2105, which would require state and local governments to post agendas of regular meetings on their website 24 hours in advance.

17

Jan

2014

Government data sharing

Next week, the House Government Operations & Elections Committee will hear HB 2202, which would require most state agencies to catalog their public data sets and create a timeline for making them available on a state-developed open data portal.

17

Jan

2014

Attorney General Opinion affirms local control

Attorney General Ferguson’s office released an opinion today stating that local governments are not preempted by state law from prohibiting the location of marijuana related businesses within their jurisdiction.

10

Jan

2014

Washington Voting Rights Act

Last year, a proposal to establish a Washington Voting Rights Act, HB 1413, passed the House of Representatives but failed to pass the Senate.

10

Jan

2014

AWC public records priority

Last month, the Ruckelshaus Center released its Situation Assessment of Public Records Requests to Local Governments, which was funded through a legislative budget proviso last year.
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