19
Jan

Voting Rights Act Options Heard in Senate

WSAC continues to express concerns about cost and implementation                              The Senate State Government Committee heard two bills, both sponsored by Committee Chair Mark Miloscia, that would address concerns raised by minority groups about local government elections. The first, SB 5067 would create a new cause of action for claimants to bring suit against counties and cities in instances where minorities are

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13
Jan

House Local Government Committee Discusses Public Records

Work Session on Public Records Proposals This week the House Local Government Committee held a work session with stakeholders regarding potential public records proposals. Representatives McBride and Nealey provided an overview of the stakeholder process that was underway from June until December of 2016. Stakeholders who provided presentations to the Committee applauded the process. Although there is not agreement on

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12
Jan

Public Records Stakeholder Group Makes Progress

Stakeholders reviewed legislative proposals in December and bills likely introduced early in the 2017 legislative session. Representatives McBride and Nealey convened a public records stakeholder group from June through December 2016. The group included representatives from cities, counties, school districts, newspapers, the Coalition for Open Government and the State Auditors Office. At the final stakeholder meeting, the group reviewed bill

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