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Transparency – for a cost at University of Idaho

The University of Idaho is likely to charge more for public records than Idaho’s other two major universities, based on a recent public records request filed by the Daily News.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Legislators ‘not that special’ when it comes to public records law, media lawyers say

Washington law has hundreds of exemptions to the Public Records Act that would likely allow legislators to protect sensitive information, attorneys who specialize in media law told a task force.


Spin Control: Let’s talk about polls

Some basic rules of polls.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Washington task force on public records set to convene

A public records task force created after Washington lawmakers attempted to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act is set to convene its first of four meetings.


Spin Control: Rep. Shea should keep his seat on the Public Records task force

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, 9:58 a.m.

Inslee says Shea shouldn’t be on task force; GOP leader says he’ll stay

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for Rep. Matt Shea to step down from the legislative Public Records Act task force, but the House’s top Republican says that’s not Inslee’s decision to …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

State Rep. Matt Shea calls journalists ‘dirty, godless, hateful.’ GOP leader says he remains qualified for task force.

Rep. Matt Shea will push for more openness in legislative records despite his criticism of the news media, House GOP leader says.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Spokane police chief opposed to posting full internal investigations, body camera video online

Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl said Monday he’s opposed to an ordinance that would allow the city to post some internal affairs and officer-involved shooting investigations online, citing concern about …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

City attorney says Tracfone agreed to pay $1 million in back taxes, despite nondisclosure agreement

City Attorney Mike Ormsby told lawmakers that the prepaid wireless service provider, which operates under trade names that include Straight Talk and Walmart Family Mobile, will pay about seven years’ …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Democratic lawmaker challenges Pruitt on EPA public records

Top political appointees of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed that they review in advance all of the public records released by the agency under the Freedom of Information …


Franklin County prosecutor says judges went behind his back

An unusual suit over who controls court records in Franklin County has expanded to include the county prosecutor and is headed to the Washington State Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

Eye on Boise: There’s no ‘dirty laundry’ exception in Idaho’s open meeting law

The Idaho Open Meeting Law has no “dirty laundry” exception. That’s right — government board members who say they want to meet behind closed doors to avoid airing their “dirty …


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court to decide legislative records case

The state Supreme Court will decide whether Washington state’s voter-approved Public Records Act applies to state lawmakers.


Author Krakauer wins order for release of rape case records

A judge has ordered the conditional release of records about a University of Montana rape case to author Jon Krakauer after a four-year dispute that pitted student privacy against the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Police don’t have to release ‘intimate images’ from body cams under bill signed by Inslee

New law on police body cameras better defines “intimate images” that can be withheld under a public records request.


National journalism organization names Washington lawmakers as runners-up for ‘Black Hole’ award

Washington lawmakers’ attempt to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act earned them a “dishonorable mention” by a national journalism organization.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes bill exempting Legislature from Public Records Act

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes the Legislature’s special exemptions to the Public Records Act


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

Are lawmakers right that their special Public Records law is more transparent?

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.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Legislature quickly passes bill exempting itself from much of state Public Records Act

With no debate and in less than an hour, the Senate and House voted overwhelmingly to suspend their usual procedures and exempted themselves from parts of the Public Records Act.


Details of the Legislature’s proposal to exempt itself from the Public Records Act

What’s in the proposal to exempt the Legislature from portions of the Public Records Act.


Critics question lawmakers’ proposal to block access to some records

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: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 6:55 a.m.

Washington legislators pushing to make some of their records secret

Legislature moves to get around judge’s ruling that they are violating the state Public Records Act.


Mount Vernon School District settles public records lawsuit

The Mount Vernon School District has settled a lawsuit that claims it violated Washington state public records laws.


Washington Records

Spokane County Marriage licenses


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Attorney General says lawmaker records subject to disclosure

The Washington Attorney General’s office said Wednesday that state lawmakers are subject to the same rules of disclosure that cover other elected officials and employees at state agencies.


Legislators might not be able to hide things by refusing records requests

Judge says legislators might not be able to keep information secret by denying a public records requests.


Washington Legislature argues most records exempt under law

Attorneys for the Washington Legislature argued in a filing Friday that lawmakers pointedly exempted most of their records from the state’s public records act decades ago and therefore are not …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Ruling favors state unions in public records fight

A state appeals court has sided with a coalition of state worker unions in a clash with a conservative group over what information about public employees can be released.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

First hearing in public records lawsuit against Legislature

An initial hearing Friday on a public records lawsuit filed against the Washington state Legislature by a coalition of news organizations established some ground rules in the case moving forward, …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number …