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Bill #:  2105

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Requiring web posting of regular meeting agendas

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.



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Update 1/24/14
AWC has been working with the bill's sponsor to ensure that any website posting requirement is manageable for cities. This week a substitute version of the bill passed the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. The substitute requires cities with a website and at least 10 employees (increased from the original requirement of 5 employees) to post the agendas of regular city council meetings on its website 24 hours in advance of the meeting. The substitute also clarifies that failure to post an agenda does not provide a basis for awarding attorney fees or seeking a mandamus or injunction under the Open Public Meetings Act.

Summary
This bill requires public agencies to post agendas of regular meetings of its governing body online twenty-four hours in advance. Agencies without a website or fewer than five full-time employees are exempt from the requirement. Agencies would still be allowed to modify their agenda before the meeting, and if an agency fails to post an agenda in advance, any otherwise legal action would not be invalidated.


Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to promoting transparency in government by requiring public agencies with governing bodies to post agendas online in advance of meetings;

Sponsors:

Hawkins, Bergquist, Buys, S. Hunt, Holy, Orwall, Ross, Reykdal, Hayes, Pollet, Kochmar, Hudgins, Magendanz, Moscoso, Vick, Riccelli, Klippert, Stonier, Nealey, Tarleton, Scott, Pike, Fagan, Fey, Seaqu

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Serena Dolly
Lobbyist:  Victoria Lincoln

Issue Area

General Government

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