Open Public Record, Open Public Meeting Act

The Governor has amended the emergency proclamation to temporarily prohibit in-person contacts with the public that are required by the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (RCW 42.30) and the Public Records Act (PRA) (RCW 42.56) by suspending some statutory language that would require such contacts. This proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA’s requirements for agencies to respond to PRA requests for public records within five business days from receipt. It is effective from March 24, 2020 until midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date. Link to proclamation: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-28%20-%20COVID-19%20Open%20Govt%20Laws%20Waivers%20%28tmp%291.pdf

The City of Moses Lake encourages citizens to attend public meetings remotely. Remote meeting attendance can be done using any web access device or by calling the number provided on the meeting agenda.

The City will continue to process electronic record requests as expeditiously as possible due to the limitations and priority of duties for essential staff.