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22

Jan

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.

15

Jan

2016

Legislation introduced to address public records disputes

Reps. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) and Terry Nealey (R-Dayton) have introduced HB 2576 regarding public records requests to local agencies.

15

Jan

2016

Cities support police body-worn cameras at hearing

The House Judiciary Committee heard HB 2362 addressing police body-worn cameras on Thursday, January 14.

8

Jan

2016

Police body-worn camera bill set for hearing

Incidents involving police use of force have created community outrage in numerous communities across the country, including in our own state.

8

Jan

2016

Bill would increase penalties for Open Public Meetings Act violations

Under current state law, a member of a governing body who knowingly violates the Open Public Meetings Act can be found to be personally liable and fined a civil violation of $100.

17

Dec

2015

New records retention schedule for law enforcement agencies

The local records committee recently approved a new records retention schedule for local law enforcement agencies.

9

Dec

2015

Cities in King County receive extraordinary public records requests

We have heard that all or nearly all cities in King County, as well as King County and the Port of Seattle, have received the same request from the same individual.

13

Nov

2015

Public records survey sent by Auditor’s Office – please respond

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.

16

Oct

2015

Public records survey coming in early November

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.

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.
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