Open Public Meeting Act/Public Records Request

2.5 hours

This training will provide your elected officials, staff, board, council, and commissioners with the required training, per RCW 42.30 and RCW 42.56, effective on July 1, 2014.  During this training, attendees will learn what constitutes a meeting, what meetings are not subject to the OPMA, what notice is required for public meetings, what a special meeting is, and the consequences of violating the OPMA. Attendees will also learn when executive meetings may be called, the procedures to call a meeting, and when they may be personally liable.

The goal of the Public Records Request portion of the training is to harness the collective knowledge and talent of the Public Records Officer within your organization to increase transparency and Public Records Act compliance through education. This is a basic compliance course with a detailed review of the basics for handling public records, guidance on E-Records, social media, metadata, tips for dealing with difficult requests, and training your employees.