2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

8
May

JLARC’s Public Records Reporting System is Live

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) Public Records Data Reporting System is now live. Agencies can begin submitting reports. In 2017 the Legislature passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1594. That law requires certain agencies to report annually on a variety of metrics related to fulfilling public records requests. JLARC has developed a web-based reporting system for agencies to

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7
Mar

Transportation & Public Works – Week 9

Last Friday was the cutoff for bills to be passed by the opposite house.  The legislature is in its final week of the session which ends on Thursday, March 8th.  Bills that were amended before they were passed one chamber must again be passed by the opposite as the final legislation, or amendments must be withdrawn, or a conference committee

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5
Mar

Olympia Update – Week 9

Last week in Olympia was one of the more dramatic in a long time, culminating in the Governor’s veto of the legislature’s attempt to largely exempt themselves from the Public Records Act. Adding to the drama, two bills that WSAC was gravely concerned about, wrongful death, and occupational disease presumptions died on Friday’s cutoff to move bills from the opposite

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5
Mar

HB 2006 Dies

Budget and Finance HB 2006 regarding fiscal flexibility for counties appears to be dead for this legislative session. As a reminder, this bill would have removed nonsupplant language from the mental health sales tax and the levy lid lift statutes. It also would have moved the veterans and developmental disabilities out of the county general fund. The bill made it

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