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AGO 1998 No. 15 >  November 30, 1998
PUBLIC MEETINGS - OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT - COUNTIES - RECORDING OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS
Authority of county to restrict video and/or sound recording of county meetings 1.  A county does not have authority to ban video or sound recording of a meeting required to be open to the public by the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30); the county could regulate recording only to the extent necessary to preserve order at the meeting and facilitate public attendance. 2.  A county has authority to ban video or sound recording of any lawful executive session of a public meeting. 3.  If a meeting is not an “open public meeting” as defined in RCW 42.30, but is required to be an open meeting by some other statute, the extent of the county's authority to restrict recording of such a meeting would depend on the language and the intent of the controlling statute. 4.  If a county officer conducts a “private meeting” as may be defined in law, the county has authority to restrict or prohibit the recording of such meetings.
AGO 1955 No. 179 >  December 27, 1955
PUBLIC MEETINGS - RIGHT OF TV - RADIO AND NEWSPAPER REPORTERS TO ATTEND WITH THEIR EQUIPMENT
PUBLIC MEETINGS, RIGHT OF TV, RADIO AND NEWSPAPER REPORTERS TO ATTEND WITH THEIR EQUIPMENT The public meeting statute contemplates that state and local boards, commissions and agencies must give notice of their meetings to the representatives of press, radio and television and to permit them to cover such meetings with their equipment.  Failure substantially to comply with this law will cast doubt on the validity of their proceedings.
AGLO 1975 No. 79 >  September 11, 1975
CIGARETTES - HEALTH - PUBLIC MEETINGS
SMOKING AT MEETINGS OF STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION WAC 248-152-030 prohibits smoking at such meetings of the state highway commission as are open to the public under chapter 42.30 RCW.
AGLO 1979 No. 16 >  March 22, 1979
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - PUBLIC MEETINGS - PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETINGS OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- PUBLIC MEETINGS ‑- PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETINGS OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
RCW 52.12.090, rather than RCW 42.30.080, governs the calling of a special meeting of a board of fire protection district commissioners; accordingly, such a meeting may be called ". . . by a majority of the commissioners or by the secretary and chairman of the board. . . ."
AGLO 1979 No. 18 >  April 16, 1979
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - PUBLIC MEETINGS - PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETING OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- PUBLIC MEETINGS ‑- PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETING OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
In view of the specific legislative directive in RCW 42.30.140, it is RCW 42.30.080 and not RCW 52.12.090 which governs the calling of a special meeting of a board of fire protection district commissioners; accordingly, such a meeting may be called by the presiding officer of the board or by a majority of the members of the board without any necessity for concurrence by the secretary to the board.
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