Stories tagged: Public Records Act
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 19, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Washington courts likely to decide which legislative records will be open to the public after lawmakers say proposal is dead
An effort to open some legislative records to the public while keeping others secret is likely dead, lawmakers acknowledged Tuesday morning.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
A proposal to give lawmakers special exemptions to keep some records secret was denounced by media and open government advocates.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Task force grapples with protecting private information from constituents as it reviews public records law.
Sun., Sept. 2, 2018
Calling reporters “dirty, godless, hateful” shouldn’t disqualify Matt Shea from serving on a legislative task force on the Public Records Act.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 11:36 a.m.
When it comes to the Washington Legislature, and what we can expect in terms of its willingness to abide by the Public Records Act, it won’t be Matt Shea’s whackjobbery …
UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 9:29 p.m.
The state Supreme Court will decide whether Washington state’s voter-approved Public Records Act applies to state lawmakers.
UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes the Legislature’s special exemptions to the Public Records Act
Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 7:35 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee is getting a high volume of calls and emails urging a veto of the new public records laws the Legislature passed for itself last week.
Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 4:52 p.m.
Washington lawmakers are facing a backlash after they bypassed normal legislative procedures and quickly approved a bill exempting themselves from the state’s Public Records Act and subjecting themselves instead to …
Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 6 a.m.
Last week, the Washington Legislature hurriedly approved a bill to create a special public records law just for them. It’s far weaker than the Public Records Act that applies to …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 6:32 a.m.
A way to look at legislators’ claims that they voted for more transparency when they exempted themselves from the Public Records Act that other state and local officials must follow.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
What’s in the proposal to exempt the Legislature from portions of the Public Records Act.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Critics accused the Legislature on Thursday of trying to sneak through a major change in state law that would allow them to hide some of their records from the public.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 4:16 p.m.
Legislators and their offices are subject to the law that requires them to release public documents, judge rules.
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Sen. Mike Padden, Attorney General Bob Ferguson spar over how cities and counties should respond to federal requests for help with immigration enforcement.
Fri., April 21, 2017
There is no good reason for lawmakers to carve out this exemption for themselves. Every argument they offer would apply to any other elected official.
Sun., March 5, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
The city of Tacoma will pay a $50,000 fine and legal fees for violating the Public Records Act by withholding most of a nondisclosure agreement it signed to obtain cellphone …
Sun., March 5, 2017
Under Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri’s abomination, not only would the public be unable to unearth what their public servants are up to outside of public hearings, they couldn’t discern …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016
Initiative 1491. This measure would give loved ones and law enforcement a speedy way to petition a court to have a gun removed from someone who poses harm to themselves …
Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, 4 a.m.
There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and …
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016
While the Legislature could reasonably consider methods for controlling the costs, lawmakers should be wary of steps that would diminish the power of the Public Records Act.
Thu., April 7, 2016, 4:48 p.m.
A split Washington Supreme Court ruled the names of low-level sex offenders should be released to the public upon request, but defense attorneys say the decision could hinder efforts to …
Thu., March 24, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a $502,000 penalty for Public Records Act violations by the state Department of Labor and Industries, in a ruling which affirms that judges can …
Fri., March 18, 2016
Aside from self-interest, there is nothing stopping legislators from broadening the definition of ‘public record.’ Washington legislators do not face unique circumstances that require them to have more secrecy.
Wed., March 2, 2016
Another bill that would erode the Public Records Act is on the move in Olympia. And once again, the focus is on the folks who fulfill requests, not the intent …
Fri., April 3, 2015
SEATTLE – The Washington Supreme Court said Thursday that public employees don’t have a right to privacy about the fact that they’re being investigated. The ruling came after two teachers …
Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
The seemingly simple idea of outfitting police officers with body cameras to capture interactions with citizens has raised concerns across cities in Washington about individual privacy and the scope of …
Thu., April 26, 2012
Spokane city leaders last year agreed to keep a settlement with a chemical company secret even though state law prevents them from doing so. The 2011 settlement with Dow AgroSciences …
Sat., March 26, 2011
Anonymous requests for hundreds of thousands of Spokane County assessor’s records have been traced to a former employee. Appraiser Josh Bungen, who resigned Jan. 5, used untraceable Hotmail email addresses …
Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
OLYMPIA – When a neighborhood group in 2006 demanded records about alleged nepotism in Spokane County, county officials said they checked employees’ current computers. But they didn’t check the hard …