Since the Public Records Act (PRA) was adopted by Washington voters in 1972, the state legislature has amended the statute and other records statutes many times, especially in the last several years. Public records practitioners must stay on top of these statutory changes to remain in compliance with the law, particularly in the face of significant technological advances that have considerably changed the number, size, and complexity of the records that local governments across Washington must manage and disclose.
Additionally, many of our public records practitioners are also their agency’s clerk and have responsibilities under the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). This year, we are also including a bill that made changes to several of the OPMA obligations typically overseen by agency clerks.
This webinar, presented in partnership with MRSC, will discuss the most significant public records bills passed during the 2022 Legislative Session as well as the biggest change to open meetings law in several years.
Who Should Attend?
Attorneys and legal staff of local governments, as well as private attorneys with local government clients, elected officials, public record officers (PRO) and other staff who work with public records requests and/or open meeting act compliance.
About the Presenters:
- Morgan Damerow, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Morgan is the Lead Attorney at the AGO’s Local Government Consultation Program as well as one of the program consultants. Morgan has been with the state since 2003. Over the last five years, he has represented dozens of state agencies in significant PRA cases in front of trial courts, the Court of Appeals, and the State Supreme Court.
- (Moderator) Sarah Doar, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Sarah joined MRSC in September 2018 after serving as Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Island County. At MRSC, Sarah provides advice to municipalities on many aspects of government, including compliance with public records and open meeting laws, land use issues, and environmental law.
This training is eligible for:
- WAPRO certification and recertification requirements (Pending Approval).
- Eligible for credit toward a Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) for elected officials through the Association of Washington Cities.
For more information, on this event, visit MRSC’s website.