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Fines for Cities and Counties Could Go Up

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OLYMPIA, Wash.- State Representative Larry Haler wants to more than double the fines for cities or counties who violate the open meetings act.  

Haler's proposal in the state legislature would increase the fine from $100 to at least $250, and as high as $1,000 depending on a judge's decision.  

"The Attorney General and the State Auditor had found over the last two years nearly 500 instances where cities and counties had violated the open meetings act and done it on purpose," Rep. Haler said.

Haler says the current fine was established in the 1970s and hasn't kept up with inflation, causing organizations to break it on purpose because of the lack of consequences.