Stories tagged: public records
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
Individual legislators must release records under the state’s Public Records law, which has “a strongly worded mandate for broad disclosure,” a divided state Supreme Court said today.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019
The Idaho Press Club has filed a lawsuit against Ada County, saying officials repeatedly violated Idaho’s Public Record Act in response to four separate public records request from journalists. In …
Sat., Aug. 31, 2019
Spokane County Marriage licenses
UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019
Keeping legislative records secret called a “black hole” by news media lawyer, part of the balance between transparency and efficiency by lawmakers’ lawyer.
Mon., May 20, 2019
The Idaho Board of Correction has tightened and clarified some restrictions on what documents can be released under the Idaho Public Records Act, including security camera information and inmate visitor …
Sun., Feb. 17, 2019
Due respect, Mr. Chairman, but legislators and the news media have one big difference when it comes to revealing information.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019
Legislators would have to make public some of their correspondence, documents and memos – although not as much as other government officials in Washington – under a proposal filed Thursday.
Sun., Dec. 9, 2018
Task force on legislative public records send off its recommendations. The question remains whether the 2019 Legislature use them as a springboard to more transparency.
Fri., Dec. 7, 2018
A task force created after Washington lawmakers attempted to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act says the Legislature should be more transparent about its workings.
Sat., Oct. 13, 2018
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
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.
Sun., Sept. 16, 2018
Some basic rules of polls.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 …
Sat., June 9, 2018
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
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
The state Supreme Court will decide whether Washington state’s voter-approved Public Records Act applies to state lawmakers.
Wed., March 28, 2018
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
New law on police body cameras better defines “intimate images” that can be withheld under a public records request.
Mon., March 19, 2018
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
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes the Legislature’s special exemptions to the Public Records Act
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018
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
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.
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.