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

16

Oct

2015

How long do police body cam recordings need to be kept?

Washington State Archives published a new advice sheet about body camera video retention for local law enforcement agencies.

11

Sep

2015

WA State Archives publishes new advice sheet

Do you have to print electronic records for retention purposes?

11

Sep

2015

Input needed for study on trends in public records

Due to changes in the nature and volume of public records requests, the 2015 Legislature asked the State Auditor's Office (SAO) to study public records and estimate the cost of providing paper and electronic records.

11

Sep

2015

New court administrative rules take effect in January

The Washington State Supreme Court adopted new rules on access to administrative records in June that will take effect on January 1, 2016.

11

Sep

2015

Supreme Court rules private cell phone records are subject to disclosure

On August 27, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that records on a public employee’s private cell phone may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act if the private device was used to conduct public business.

25

Aug

2015

We need your help! New study on trends in public records

To account for changes in the nature and volume of public records requests, legislators are considering revising the Public Records Act.

31

Jul

2015

Mixed bag for local governments in 2015

2015 was an interesting year for open government discussions, wherein the Legislature was often criticized for its own lack of transparency.

12

Jun

2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8.

12

Jun

2015

New amendments to the Public Records Act

The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) recently provided a helpful rundown of ESHB 1980, implementing public records act changes based upon recommendations of the Sunshine Committee.

5

Jun

2015

Public records exemptions apply to former employees

The Public Records Act (PRA) provides disclosure exemptions for public employees and applicants.

1

May

2015

Public records issues still alive in the special session

Two weeks ago we reported on what public records bills made it to Governor Inslee’s desk.

17

Apr

2015

What public records bills survived the 2015 legislative session?

Of the dozens of public records bills introduced, and tracked by AWC, this session only three managed to make it through the entire legislative process.

3

Apr

2015

Public records updates

A few public records bills remain alive in the Legislature.

13

Mar

2015

Drone bills, where do they stand post-cutoff?

This session a number of bills addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) were introduced in the Legislature.

13

Mar

2015

Public records roundup – what survived, what didn’t

A big hurdle for bills occurred this week, cutoff for all bills in their house of origin.
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