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Open public meetingPlease join us for this MRSC webinar on February 12, 2020, and learn tips for avoiding common pitfalls under Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) while fulfilling your OPMA Training Act requirement.

In our discussion, Flannary Collins, MRSC Managing Attorney, and I will highlight scenarios that public servants and elected officials commonly confront in their day-to-day work, and the best ways to navigate them to ensure OPMA compliance.

The public records reporting system is now open — Are you ready?

In 2017, the state legislature adopted ESHB 1594, which made significant amendments to public records laws. One of those changes is a new reporting requirement in RCW 40.14.026(5). It requires each agency with actual staff and legal costs associated with fulfilling public records request of at $100,000 during the prior fiscal year to report to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) on 18 different public records metrics.

JLARC has put together a public records reporting page with a lot of helpful information designed to help agencies comply with this new reporting requirement, including agency guidance, FAQs, and cost estimation worksheets. In addition, the JLARC public records reporting system is now open, and instructions for using the system have been provided.

Local Open Government Blog covers the latest in open government across the Pacific Northwest, including the Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, public disclosure, campaign finance and the Freedom of Information Act.

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