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2021 House Bill 1056: Concerning open public meeting notice requirements and declared emergencies
Introduced by Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) on January 11, 2021
Referred to the House Local Government Committee on January 11, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on January 15, 2021
• Allows a public agency to hold meetings of its governing body remotely, or with limited in-person attendance after a declared emergency. • Requires that the public be allowed to listen in, in real time, to meetings that are held remotely or with limited in-person attendance. • Requires all public agencies, except for certain special purpose districts, to post agendas online for regular meetings and for special meetings held remotely or with limited in-person attendance.
Amendment offered by Rep. Keith Goehner (Chelan) (R) on January 22, 2021
Exempts a city or town from the requirement to post an agenda online before a regular meeting if the city or town has less than $400 million of taxable property and fewer than 3,000 people, and the city or town provides confirmation to the state auditor that posting notice on its website would cost more than .1% of its budget.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on January 22, 2021
Received in the Senate on January 28, 2021
Referred to the Senate State Government & Elections Committee on January 28, 2021