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Haler's Open Meetings Fine Bill Gaining Momentum

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OLYMPIA, Wash.- Richland Representative Larry Haler's bill pushing for dramatically higher fines for municipalities who break open meetings laws is gaining momentum in the state legislature.  

The bill raising the minimum fine for breaking open meetings laws is through the House and now in Senate committee where Haler says he expects the same support it got in the House, where the bill passed 77 to 19.

"It looks like we'll get it through the senate and hopefully it'll be on the governor's desk before the end of the session and signed into law," Rep. Haler said.

The proposal would raise the fine for cities or counties violating constitutional open meetings laws from $100 to a minimum of $250, with a $1000 cap for repeat offenders.