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Kirkland City boosts transparency efforts

July 30, 2013

The Kirkland City, Wash., council has taken steps to enhance its own open and transparent government operations with a new ordinance and resolution to improve the handling of public record requests.

Ordinance O-4414 and Resolution R-4987 will focus on defining the process for requesting government records regarding city budget, staff performance and the use of online queues for pending and active requests, according to Kirkland Views. These efforts are intended to boost overall transparency to the public and will be enacted on November 1, 2013.

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