As you know, the Legislature passed HB 1594 and HB 1595 during the 2017 regular legislative session. The two bills authorize agencies to charge for the transmission of electronic records, make changes to the definition of an “identifiable public record”, create a local government grant program and require certain agencies to start reporting public records information to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC).

The two bills take effect on July 23rd.

JLARC is currently working through the details regarding the process for reporting information. Follow this link to see the general guidelines from JLARC based on where they are in the process. The bottom line is to not rush into adopting any new processes or purchasing new systems. Instead, it would make sense to give JLARC more time to work through the details of the process.

Additionally, AWC, WSAC and MRSC hosted a webinar earlier this week regarding the implementation of the two bills. Here is a link to the webinar:

We are working on a Q&A from the webinar and will have that available to distribute soon. Please let me know if you would like to talk through any elements of the legislation.

Jennifer has over 20 years of legislative and government relations experience. She served as staff counsel to the Senate and House Transportation Committees, the Government Relations Director for the Washington State Department of Transportation, and Governor Christine Gregoire’s Legislative Director and Transportation Policy Advisor. She is the owner of Jennifer Ziegler Public Affairs, representing both public and private sector clients.

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