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Published on Jan 11, 2019

JLARC releases public records data brief

Contact: Candice Bock, Brandon Anderson

Just how much does Public Records Act compliance cost cities and towns? This new JLARC brief brings the state one step closer to finding out.

The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) recently published a briefing on new public records data reporting required by Washington’s public agencies. In 2017, the Legislature passed ESHB 1594, which directed certain state and local government agencies to report annually on metrics related to public records retention, management, and disclosure.

JLARC’s brief includes context about the data collection process, highlights of the statewide data, and suggestions to improve future reporting accuracy. 21 percent of Washington’s cities and towns reported public records data and 73 percent indicated that their city did not meet the reporting threshold. Only 6 percent of cities and towns did not report any information to JLARC.

Are you interested in seeing how your city compared? The Public Records Briefing Report, including interactive data dashboards, can be found on the JLARC webpage.

The 2018 public records reporting cycle ran from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. Cities that spent $100,000 or more fulfilling public records request in 2018 will be required to submit their 2018 data to JLARC by July 1, 2019 through the JLARC Public Records Reporting System.

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  • Bill would allow employees over 60 the option of opting out of retirement system membership

  • Bills that change deadly force laws get hearings in House and Senate

  • Problematic surplus housing bill surfaces again

  • AWC priority public records bills set for hearing

  • Major proposal on homelessness, preempting cities on encampments, many policy changes

  • New bill restricts city authority to regulate homeless camps operated by religious institutions

  • Bill gives new authority to Boundary Review Boards

  • Bills would require cities to provide emergency notices in languages other than English

  • Bill would shift to the state all regulation and licensing of ride-share companies

  • Working to bring Federal infrastructure investments to Washington

  • Education funding bills start to frame the budget debate, which will reveal the fate of city shared revenues and key programs

  • Update on marijuana bills of interest

  • Legislative Bulletin – City priority bills on the move

  • Confusion and legal questions surround "sanctuary city" executive order

  • AWC priority bill to increase and stabilize homeless funding gets public hearing

  • Authorizing rail dependent uses outside of Urban Growth Areas

  • New Federal Infrastructure Investment?

  • Another busy week for personnel bills

  • Extension of transit-oriented SEPA authority

  • Bill moves forward that penalizes cities for local restrictions on marijuana retailers

  • House Committee considers proposal to restore city and county liquor revenue

  • Bills exempt public employee addresses GPS data from records requests

  • Proposal linking annual property tax increases to inflation and population growth introduced

  • Pavement preservation report bill scheduled for hearing this week

  • Numerous bills address state building codes

  • Bill would pre-empt city authority to offer safe injection sites

  • AWC priority public records bills dropped with broad bipartisan support last week

  • Bill would affect claims on construction contracts

  • Bill would require cities to pay relocation assistance when property is acquired for public purpose

  • Several septic and sewer related bills emerge

  • AWC priority policy bills on the move

  • Legislative Bulletin – Week four and city priority bills are on the move

  • Executive orders 101

  • House and Senate Transportation Committees hear from AWC

  • Bill to promote tourism would divert funds from transportation account

  • Hearings scheduled this week on new employee protections and workers’ compensation reform bills

  • AWC priority liquor revenue bill to be heard in House

  • Bill grants new authorities for public facilities districts

  • Major homelessness funding and GMA buildable lands bill up for hearing on January 26

  • Multiple marijuana bills dropped in House and Senate

  • Bill penalizes cities for restricting marijuana stores advances

  • Significant vesting bill up for consideration

  • Bill would change civil asset forfeiture law and impact law enforcement efforts statewide

  • FCC threatens to limit local land use authority on wireless siting

  • Funding proposal for state’s oil spill prevention activities

  • Inside advice from legislators who’ve been in your shoes

  • Major water bills heard on Tuesday the 24

  • Legislative Bulletin – Day 15 and many bills introduced | Priority bill would restore liquor revenue

  • Is your city eligible for Volkswagen settlement funds?

  • Implementing the family and medical leave insurance program

  • Bill would increase grants for public-use airports

  • Civil asset forfeiture comes under scrutiny by House and Senate committees during first week of session

  • Bill requires cities without bans to issue local marijuana licenses

  • Bill prohibiting the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes surfaces anew

  • Bill aims to reduce overlap between SEPA and other state and local laws

  • Proposal to restore city liquor revenue introduced in House

  • Hearings on Governor’s proposed state budget

  • Dig Law clean-up bill gets hearing

  • Senate committee holds another work session on small cell networks

  • Seven principles guide our work as we represent your state budget interests

  • School siting conversation begins anew

  • Water bills begin to surface

  • Final report released by task force on local tax & licensing simplification

  • Still no agreement about how to fund basic education

  • Studies conclude pension mergers possible

  • Legislation expected on regulation of small cell networks

  • Statewide pharmaceutical take-back program proposed

  • Over at least the next 15 weeks, we will keep you informed and at crucial times, will ask for your help

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