Feb. 12, 2014
CONTACT: John Sattgast, Broadcast Coordinator – (360) 786-7257 / Studio – (360) 786-5046
House approves Hawkins’ open government bill
Legislator: Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee
Date Recorded: Feb. 12, 2014
Run Time: 52 seconds
SUGGESTED LEAD: A bill that would require public agencies post their meeting agendas online at least 24 hours in advance has cleared the state House of Representatives. John Sattgast reports from Olympia. (Voice cut: Hawkins-OnlineAgendas-SattgastVoicer-021214.mp3 – Run time :52 seconds)
Sattgast: Washington’s Open Public Meetings law was enacted in 1971 and requires public agencies to issue notices of meetings. But that was long before anyone had heard of the Internet. State Representative Brad Hawkins says it’s time to modernize that law for more open access to government. That’s the idea behind his legislation, House Bill 2105.
(Voice cut: Hawkins-OnlineAgendas-CLIP-021214.mp3 – Run time :15 seconds – Out cue: . . .transparency bill. )
Hawkins: “It makes a modest update to our state’s Open Public Meetings Act to require public agencies with governing bodies to post their meeting agendas online at least 24 hours in advance of their meeting. I think it is a good open government transparency bill.”
Sattgast: East Wenatchee Republican Brad Hawkins. The 12th District lawmaker says the bill provides exemptions for government entities without websites and for those with fewer than 10 full-time employees. The bill passed the House with a vote of 85 to 13. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration. John Sattgast, Olympia.
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