Explaining Washington's Open Public Meetings Act
The City of Seattle is being sued for violating the Open Public Meetings Act. The three attorneys who filed the suit claim the city didn’t notify the public adequately ahead of a city council meeting Tuesday, during which the council voted to repeal a “head tax” on large businesses.
The council passed that ordinance unanimously last month.
In a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, City Attorney Pete Holmes goes into detail about the ways he says the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act were met.
KNKX law and justice reporter Paula Wissell talked with Morning Edition producer Ariel Van Cleave about the standards of the act, and why it exists in the first place.