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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Washington Supreme Court rules that legislators must release public records

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

Idaho Press Club sues Ada County over public record access

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 …

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Spokane County Marriage licenses

UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

High court to decide if secret legislative records are a ‘black hole’ or a needed balance

Keeping legislative records secret called a “black hole” by news media lawyer, part of the balance between transparency and efficiency by lawmakers’ lawyer.

Idaho prison leaders tighten public record exemptions

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 …

Spin Control: Why legislators have a responsibility to reveal sources the news media don’t

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

Senate proposal would make some lawmakers’ documents public record

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.

Spin Control: Task force sends Legislature its thoughts on open records

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.

Public records task force: Legislature should be more transparent

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.