Industry Fights Washington Bill That Would Restrict State Meetings

A bill in Washington state that would prohibit state agencies from holding meetings in hotels or private facilities has drawn protests from meetings and hospitality industry executives.

Substitute House Bill 1371, which is being considered in the state legislature, says that state meetings must be held in public facilities whenever feasible. Exceptions are possible, but the director of the office of financial management would have to approve meetings held at hotels, and their associat

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