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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


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 13, 2018