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Published on Friday, January 22, 2016

Priority bill on public records set for hearing

HB 2576, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Reps. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland), Terry Nealey (R-Dayton), and others, has been scheduled for public hearing in the House Local Government Committee on Thursday, January 28 at 1:30 pm in the John L. O’Brien Building, Room D. This hearing time is at the conclusion of AWC’s City Action Days and we would like as many city officials as possible to come to the hearing to either testify or just sign-in to show support of the bill.

For those who won’t be in Olympia, please contact your local legislators as well as members of the House Local Government Committee and ask them to support this bill. AWC created these talking points to assist your discussion with legislators.

HB 2576 has three main components; 1) Allows local agencies to adopt policies to limit the time and resources spent responding to records requests; 2) Establishes a Public Records Commission responsible for alternative dispute resolution for public records disputes; and 3) Allows for cost recovery of certain commercially motivated records requests. We encourage cities to support this AWC priority bill.

Check out this video with the bill sponsors to hear more about this effort. If you have questions about the bill or about participating in the hearing Thursday, please contact Candice Bock or Jane Wall.

Additionally, there will be a hearing on HB 2290 regarding out-of-state records requests in the House State Government Committee on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 am. The bill limits public records requests to in-state requestors and the news media. AWC appreciates this effort to address the growing number of large out-of-state requests for public records.

Categories: Open government