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Open Government

This page provides links to MRSC's resources related to the Public Records Act (PRA) and Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) in Washington State.


Public Records Act

  • Public Records Act – Basic PRA overview with selected examples of local PRA policies and procedures
  • Electronic Records Policy Tool Kit – Series of webpages providing sample policy language options and guidance for the various facets of electronic records retention, management, and disclosure, including email, text, and social media.
  • Public Records Act Court Decisions – Significant state appellate court decisions concerning PRA
  • Law Enforcement Records Management and Disclosure – Series of webpages to help police and sheriff departments manage their records and comply with PRA and other statutes.
  • Public Records Act publication – Downloadable publication offers a detailed outline of PRA, common prohibitions and exemptions, and more
  • PRA & Records Management Technology Guide – Downloadable guide offering key questions to consider before purchasing records management software, an overview of software options, suggested guidelines for evaluating and selecting software, and more.
  • Recent blog posts about PRA – Articles written by MRSC staff and contributors about specific aspects of PRA, including new legislation and court decisions. Articles are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

Open Public Meetings Act

  • Open Public Meetings Act – Basic OPMA overview
  • OPMA Court Decisions and AG Opinions – Key court decisions and attorney general opinions regarding OPMA
  • Open Public Meetings Act publication – Downloadable publication offers a detailed look at OPMA, including who is subject to OPMA, procedural requirements, executive sessions, exemptions, penalties, and more
  • Recent blog posts about OPMA – Articles written by MRSC staff and contributors about specific aspects of OPMA, including executive sessions, new legislation, and court decisions. Articles are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

Practice Tips and Checklists


Training Opportunities

State law requires local elected officials and public records officers to complete open government training no later than 90 days after taking the oath of office or assuming their duties, with a refresher course at least every four years.

MRSC and our partner organizations provide training opportunities that can help local officials fulfill these requirements.

PRA and OPMA E-Learning for City/Town Elected Officials

MRSC partners with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) to produce two free e-learning courses for city and town councilmembers and mayors, one dealing with the Public Records Act (40 minutes) and the other with the Open Public Meetings Act (45 minutes). These courses can help fulfill the Open Government Trainings Act requirements.

After completing each training, make sure to download your certificate of completion for documentation purposes.

Other Training Opportunities

For other upcoming open government trainings and workshops, see our Training page.


Last Modified: March 12, 2019