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No state law mandates audio recording of meetings of the board of county commissioners, although (as explained below) for some types of public hearings, recording is necessary. Some statutory provisions refer to keeping a "record" of meetings of the governing body, but they d...
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The confidentiality requirements in RCW 70.48.100 regarding jail records apply to persons that were but are no longer confined in jail - in addition to those currently confined. In Cowles Publ'g Co. v. Spokane Police Dep't , 139 Wn.2d 472, 481 (1999); the state Supreme C...
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A local government probably may not prohibit the public from using video or tape recorders at a public meeting as long as the taping is done in a reasonable manner and the meeting is not disrupted. See AGO 1998 No. 15 , which opined that a county does not have authority to b...
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State law requires that minutes be maintained and made available for public inspection. RCW 42.30.035 states: The minutes of all regular and special meetings except executive sessions of such boards, commissions, agencies or authorities shall be promptly recorded and such ...
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There does not appear to be any legal requirement for local legislative bodies to make audio tape recordings of general public meetings of the legislative body. Written minutes are still required as a permanent record of legislative proceedings. Many local legislative bodies m...
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An agency can deny a request for “all or substantially all” agency records; this is not a valid request for identifiable records and can be denied by the agency ( RCW 42.56.080 , WAC 44-14-04002 (2)). However, if a requestor asks for “all or substantially all” of the agency’...
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Yes. RCW 36.48.070 provides: The county treasurer, the county auditor, and the chair of the county legislative authority, ex officio, shall constitute the county finance committee. The county treasurer shall act as chair of the committee and the county auditor as secretary...
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An agency cannot charge for the time it takes to redact a public record. As stated in the Attorney General Model Rules (WAC 44-14-07001): An agency cannot charge a "redaction fee" for the staff time necessary to prepare the records for inspection, for the copying required to...
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Cities are not allowed to charge for the staff time spent in locating a public record, or for making a record available for inspection. A city can however, charge for the actual costs connected with copying public records, including the staff time spent making the copies. A ci...
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Only if there are local council or board rules of procedure that set a specific time. Otherwise, state law requires that: The minutes of all regular and special meetings except executive sessions . . . shall be promptly recorded and such records shall be open to public inspe...
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Yes, draft documents are public records, assuming, of course, that they otherwise meet the definition of “public record” in RCW 42.56.010 (3). As public records, they may be exempt from disclosure under RCW 42.56.280 , which exempts (emphasis added): Preliminary drafts, no...
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There is no requirement in state law that verbatim minutes of a public hearing held before the planning commission must be provided to the city council or board of county commissioners when they are reviewing the recommendation of the planning commission. However, we do rec...
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State law requires that a written record, in the form of (at least) written meeting minutes, be "promptly recorded" and be "open to public inspection" by the city. State law does not require the city to tape or audio (or video) record meetings, nor does it mandate a specific ...
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One of the only references to minutes in state law is in the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) RCW 42.30.035 : The minutes of all regular and special meetings except executive sessions of such boards, commissions, agencies or authorities shall be promptly recorded and such re...
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If the committee at issue is a “governing body” of a “public agency” within the meaning of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), then that the committee would, under state law, be required to take minutes of its regular and special meetings. The key provision of state law is ...
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Although there is very little guidance in state law concerning minutes of council meetings, here is what the statutes say. First, RCW 42.32.030 states: The minutes of all regular and special meetings except executive sessions of such boards, commissions, agencies or autho...
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This is in response to your inquiry requesting sample council rules pertaining to citizen comments during council meetings. Please see the following sample council rules: DuPont City Council Rules of Procedure , see Sec. 7, Duties and Privileges of Citizens  Tacoma ...
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Yes. Court cases in this state have indicated that a member of a decision-making body who familiarizes herself with the record may vote on a matter, even if she was absent at the public hearing regarding the matter. See Johnston v. Grays Harbor County , 14 Wn. App. 378 (...
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No. RCW 42.56.120 provides that an agency may charge fifteen cents a page for photocopies of public records. This 15 cents already includes the staff time to make the copies. However, the county is authorized to charge more than fifteen cents a page if it can demonstrate...
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Yes, but it might not prove to be cost effective. RCW 43.09.230 specifies that the annual reports shall be certified by the Office of the State Auditor. Also, RCW 43.09.260 gives the Office of the State Auditor the power to examine all the financial affairs of every public...
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