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

8

Mar

2013

Voting Rights Act passes House

Last night, the House of Representatives passed HB 1413, the Washington Voting Rights Act.

27

Feb

2013

AWC priority public record bill faces opposition

AWC, in partnership with other local government groups, continues to advocate for HB 1128, which is designed to protect other essential local services from public record abuses.

22

Feb

2013

Update on public records and open meetings bills

After the first legislative cutoff, AWC’s priority public records bills remain alive. HB 1128, protecting essential services from public records abuses, remains in the House Rules Committee and has until March 13 to be considered by the full House.

11

Feb

2013

AWC priority public record bill moving forward

HB 1128 continues to move forward after executive action by the House Local Government Committee on Friday, February 8.

1

Feb

2013

AWC priority public record bill needs your support now

AWC’s priority bill HB 1128 was heard in the House Local Government Committee on January 25.

1

Feb

2013

Open public meeting requirements

Last week, we invited city comments on proposed changes to open public meeting requirements.

1

Feb

2013

Washington Voting Rights Act

A new version of the Washington Voting Rights Act was introduced and heard in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee.

1

Feb

2013

Sunshine Committee bills considered

Legislative committees are considering three proposals from the Sunshine Committee that change what records are subject to public disclosure.

30

Jan

2013

Highlights from public records hearing posted

We previously wrote about last week’s hearing on the local government priority public records bill, HB 1128.

28

Jan

2013

Protecting essential services from public record abuses

On Friday, January 25, officials representing a variety of local governments testified in favor of HB 1128, which protects essential government services from public record abuses.

25

Jan

2013

Public comment and materials prior to final city action

HB 1197 requires a public agency to allow public comment before taking final action on an ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, order, or directive. 

21

Jan

2013

Mandatory open government training for city officials

On Wednesday, January 23, the House Government Operations & Elections Committee will hear HB 1198, which requires some public officials and employees to complete open government training.

18

Jan

2013

City public records proposals set for hearings

On the second day of session, AWC and Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) staff briefed the House Government Operations & Elections Committee on the challenges local governments face with the Public Records and Open Meetings Acts.

11

Jan

2013

Fees for electronic financial reporting

A new proposal to establish a mandatory electronic filing system for elected officials, political committees, and lobbyists to report to the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) will be heard in the House Government Operations & Elections Committee on Wednesday, January 16.

11

Jan

2013

Strengthening the Public Records Act by curbing abuses

With the legislative session starting next week, public records legislation will once again be under consideration.
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