Open Public Meetings Act
This page provides links to MRSC's resources related to the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) in Washington State.
OPMA legislation and proclamations: There are several new changes related to the Open Public Meetings Act taking effect in 2022:
- HB 1329, with effective dates in March and June 2022, makes several changes regarding the location of meetings, remote attendance, public comment, posting of notices, and more. For details, see our blog posts The OPMA Gets and Update from the Legislature and HB 1329: Answers to Your OPMA Questions.
- Effective June 1, 2022, Proclamation 20-28 et seq. regarding public meetings during COVID-19 has been rescinded. For details, see our blog post OPMA/PRA Emergency Proclamation Will Expire June 1.
- Effective June 9, 2022, HB 1630 prohibits any person to knowingly open carry a firearm or other weapon, while knowingly being in city, town, county, or other municipal buildings used in connection with meetings of the agency's governing body, or any other location of a public meeting or public hearing of the governing body, during the hearing or meeting. Local agencies must post signs providing notice of these restrictions.
We will be updating our website soon to reflect these changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Open Public Meetings Act FAQs – Browse answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) from local governments regarding the Open Public Meetings Act.
- Executive Session FAQs – Browse answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) from local governments regarding executive sessions as allowed by the Open Public Meetings Act.
- Open Public Meetings Act Basics – Basic OPMA overview
- Executive Session Basics – Basic overview of executive sessions as allowed by the OPMA
- 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
Practice Tips and Checklists
- OPMA and PRA Practice Tips and Checklists – Helpful practice tips and short checklists to provide practical guidance
Recent Blog Posts
- 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.
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 Upcoming Trainings page.