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

30

Jan

2015

Proposed legislation would reroute public records fines to State Archivist

Next Thursday, February 5 at 1:30 pm, the House State Government Committee will hear HB 1691, concerning remedies for actions under the public records act.

30

Jan

2015

AWC public records bill up for hearing next week

On Tuesday, February 3 at 10 am, the House State Government Committee will hear HB 1684, concerning charges for the cost of providing records in response to public records requests.

30

Jan

2015

Volunteers needed to update human resources section of the Local Government Common Records Retention Schedule

The Washington State Archives is seeking subject matter experts to assist with updating the Human Resource Management (HR) section of the Local Government Common Records Retention Schedule (CORE).

16

Jan

2015

What to expect on the public records front this session

As we move into the 2015 legislative session, here are a several public records policies expected to generate debate and discussion.

18

Nov

2014

Cities Suggest Changes to the Public Records Act, Sunshine Committee Agrees

During its October 28, 2014, meeting the Washington State Sunshine Committee considered two changes to the Public Records Act (PRA).

8

Jul

2014

Courts Rule on Disclosure of Police Dashboard Cameras, Searches of Personal Computers

Last month, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that police dashboard camera video may only be withheld from public disclosure in limited circumstances.

7

Jul

2014

New Open Government Laws in Effect

Two new open government requirements recently took effect for cities and other local governments.

2

Jun

2014

PDC Election Campaign Guidelines

Since campaign season is right around the corner, don’t forget to take some time to review everyone’s roles and responsibilities.

18

Apr

2014

2014 Legislature adopts bills promoting open government and transparency

The 2014 session was surprisingly significant for open government legislation, and two notable bills designed to increase transparency and understanding of open government laws passed.

21

Mar

2014

New open government training requirements effective July 1

With the Legislature’s passage of ESB 5964, new open government training requirements go into effect for governing bodies, elected officials, and public records officers on July 1, 2014. 

19

Mar

2014

State Auditor offers open government training

The Washington State Auditor’s Office Local Government Performance Center has partnered with the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington to develop tools and resources that will provide practical assistance and a guide to best practices.

7

Mar

2014

New requirements for posting meeting agendas online

The bill requiring cities to post agendas of regular city council meetings on the web, HB 2105, passed both chambers and is headed to the Governor for signature.

27

Feb

2014

Senate budget leaders seek to cut city liquor taxes again. Voting as early as noon today, February 27

On Monday afternoon, the Senate released their supplemental state budget proposal. For more up-to-date information, please see this article.

21

Feb

2014

Open government bills scheduled for hearings

Last week we told you about several open government bills that passed their house of origin.

21

Feb

2014

Providing digital copies of public employees collective bargaining agreements

SSB 6250 originally called for bargaining representatives to submit a digital copy of their collective bargaining agreement to PERC (Public Employment Relations Commission) within 30 days of the effective date of the agreement.
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