Update on PRA Legislation

In a February 6th blog post, we updated you on the status of the litigation between the media and the legislature regarding whether the state’s public records act (PRA) applies to the legislative branch. At that time, Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-43, had introduced SB 5784, which added the legislature to the PRA but also allowed for a significant set of

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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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Guest Blog: Lodging Tax

This guest blog is written by Morgan Hickel who is the State Government Affairs Manager from the Washington Hospitality Association.  Generating and improving local tourism is critically important to all communities, residents, and businesses in the state of Washington. Recently, however, our members have expressed challenges with the local lodging tax process and the transparency in the use of these dollars. Under Washington

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JLARC Wants Your Input Land Use Regulations

The Washington Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is studying efforts to protect habitat through land acquisition and regulations. JLARC’s wide-ranging study will include working with six counties to help understand how the counties manage land use regulations.  These six counties are: Asotin, Clark, Jefferson, King, Kittitas, and Okanagan. JLARC staff consulted with the Washington State Association of

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