All members of governing bodies must complete Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) training within 90 days of taking the oath of office or assuming duties per RCW 42.30.205. A refresher course is also required every four years.
Recognizing that, “whether due to error or ignorance, violations of the public records act and open public meetings act are very costly for state and local governments,” the Legislature enacted, and the Governor signed ESB 5964 (Laws of 2014, ch. 66), named the “Open Government Training Act.” This new law, effective on July 1, 2014, mandates that persons filling certain state and local government offices and positions complete training regarding one or both of those two laws – and, for some, regarding records retention laws.
Training must be complete within 90 days of appointment. Included in the curriculum are two videos that can be viewed in any order. Once you have watched both videos, please complete the training certificate below and email/deliver to your City staff representative for tracking purposes.