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

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.

10

Jan

2014

Cost recovery for commercial records requests

AWC is also supporting a bill, HB 1037, allowing the state and local governments to charge a fee to recover the actual cost of providing a public record if the request is for sale or resale.

10

Jan

2014

Other open government bills scheduled for hearings next week

As session starts next week, a number of open government bills already are scheduled to be heard.

27

Nov

2013

Preliminary report on local government public records requests

Last week, staff from the William D. Ruckelshaus Center presented their preliminary findings about local government public records requests to two House committees. 

12

Jul

2013

Few general local government bills this session

11

Jul

2013

No public records reform in 2013

Relief from harassing and abusive public records was one of AWC’s major legislative priorities for 2013.

31

May

2013

City lobbying restrictions

The Public Disclosure Commission recently sent out a clarification regarding city lobbying restrictions as they relate to legislative coalitions of public and private organizations.

12

Apr

2013

Proposal for public record collaboration

While we were unable to pass our public record priority bill, HB 1128, this session, we received some good news with this week’s House budget.

5

Apr

2013

Washington Voting Rights Act

Throughout this session, AWC has been monitoring HB 1413, the Washington Voting Rights Act.

4

Apr

2013

Senate releases proposed operating budget

Please contact your Senators (via email or phone) in the next 24 hours and ask them to oppose further cuts to liquor revenue and to protect the Public Works Trust Fund.

22

Mar

2013

Washington Voting Rights Act gets another hearing

The House version of the Washington Voting Rights Act, HB 1413, will be heard in the Senate Governmental Operations Committee next week.

15

Mar

2013

Fees for electronic financial reporting

The proposal to establish a mandatory electronic filing system for elected officials, political committees, and lobbyists to report to the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) failed to make it out of the House this week and is likely dead for the year.
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