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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.


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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

AP, Spokesman-Review, other media sue for info from Washington state lawmakers

A coalition of news organizations led by The Associated Press is suing the Washington Legislature over its assertion that state lawmakers are not required to turn over daily schedules, emails, …


Text messages as public records emerges as new Montana issue

Montana government leaders plan to create rules for when and how to preserve text messages after a news organization’s public-records request exposed the lack of a policy to retain the …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Denney sends voter commission public records form, bill

Idaho’s Secretary of State Lawrence Denney has sent President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud an official public records request form and a bill for $20.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 5:55 p.m.

Dems won’t re-file lawsuit, but still want Idaho voter data withheld from Trump panel

The Idaho Democratic Party has decided not to re-file its lawsuit seeking to block Secretary of State Lawerence Denney from releasing voter data to President Trump’s election integrity commission, but …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Denney gets new voter data request from Trump Commission, ponders response

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has received a new letter from President Trump’s election integrity commission requesting Idaho voter data, and this time it includes new assurances that none …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 12:11 p.m.

Idaho won’t comply with Trump voter panel request

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday he will not hand over detailed voter information to President Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud as part of a settlement with the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Court hearing canceled; Idaho Dems, state in settlement talks over voter info request

A court hearing was canceled Thursday and the Idaho Democratic Party announced that it had entered into settlement talks with the state in its lawsuit seeking to bar Secretary of …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:17 p.m.

Idaho Dems sue to block release of voter info to Trump commission

The Idaho Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order to block Secretary of State Lawerence Denney from sending any voter information to President Trump’s election integrity …


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Idaho to handle voter info request using public record law

Idaho officials will treat a request for voter records from President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud as a public records request, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced …


Oregon bill sets deadline for release of public records

The Oregon House has given final legislative approval to a bill that requires state government agencies to comply with requests for public information in a timely fashion.


Inslee signs bill to OK fees for electronic public records

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will allow government agencies to charge fees for electronic copies of records.


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

No peeking: You can’t see Washington lawmakers records because of this law

When rejecting requests for everything from lawmakers’ daily calendars to emails to disciplinary reports, legislative attorneys routinely cite language quietly added more than two decades ago to Washington’s public records …


Chasing retirement, newsman-rancher takes on state and wins

Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Les Zaitz hoped to relax more after retiring from The Oregonian following exhaustive coverage of the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. But he’s …


Public records suit shows value of media

If media institutions didn’t exist, government agencies, businesses and wealthy individuals could easily shoo away citizens seeking public records.


Psychiatric board sues Oregon paper to stop records request

A state agency is fighting Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s order to release records to a small newspaper based in Vale.


Tacoma to pay $50,000 for violating Public Records Act

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 …


Spokane County adopts new record-keeping policy, aims to get rid of paper storage

How much time, paperwork and taxpayer money does it take to order printer ink for a Spokane County government office? Too much, says county Auditor Vicky Dalton.


Spokane County settles public records lawsuit for $100,000

Spokane County has settled a second lawsuit after failing to provide public records related to the psychiatric treatment of county jail inmates. This time, taxpayers are on the hook for …


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Ohio’s top court says police dashcam video is public record

Video footage from police cruiser dashcams is a public record that, with some exceptions, should be promptly released upon request, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday.


Spokane City Council to consider public records policy changes as part of Frank Straub settlement

Mayor David Condon proposed an addition to the city’s ethics code making intentionally withholding public records a penalty punishable at the city level. The change was a requirement in the …


Mayor Condon proposes $50,000 settlement in Frank Straub public records case

A public records lawsuit filed in August by retired Spokane Police detective Brian Breen has been settled by the City of Spokane, though the City Council still has to approve …