Yesterday, by a vote of 6 yes and 5 abstentions, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee amended and released S-106, which amends the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and S-107, which amends the Open Public Records Act ( OPRA). We are currently reviewing the amendments and will provide an update shortly. While we thank Senator Weinberg for the strides she has taken to address our concerns with the bills and appreciate the amendments made to address privacy issues, commercial requests, and relief for some of the abuse towns have seen firsthand under OPRA, the League must continue to oppose the bills.
We continue to have concerns with both bills, in particular, subjecting subcommittees to certain provisions under OPMA, expanding the definition of government record, continuing mandatory prevailing attorney fees under OPRA, and expanding OPMA to include prevailing attorney fees.
Both bills could be before the full Senate as early as Thursday. We urge you to contact and ask your State Senator to oppose S-106 and S-107.
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, x112.