Editorial: Washington State House of Reps take strong action for open access

The state House of Representatives took strong, progressive action last week on two bills that improve citizen access to public information. Now they’re on to the Senate, where they deserve passage and enactment.

House Bill 2015 would require that meeting agendas be posted online by public agencies at least 24 hours before a meeting. It passed the House by a vote of 85-13. Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-Wenatchee) voted in favor of the bill; Rep. Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee) voted no. Both represent the 12th District, including the Methow Valley.

The bill provides exceptions for government entities without websites or with fewer than 10 full-time employees. The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents more than 100 community newspapers in the state, supported the legislation. Continue>>>