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Outside View: Cut costs of public disclosure

A small fee would be palatable if combined with other ideas for cutting costs of public disclosure and expanding access to information.

University of Idaho misses public records deadline for files about feral cats

The University of Idaho has missed a filing deadline in response to a request for any emails or documents involving the campus veterinarian and feral cats.

Shawn Vestal: Prepare for complaints about the cost of providing public records

A new state audit says Washington’s city, county and state agencies spent $60 million on fulfilling public records requests last year. Shawn Vestal says that’s money well-spent.

Former detective sues city for delay in public records release

Retired Spokane Police officer Brian Breen has filed a lawsuit against the City of Spokane for the

Idaho judge orders records disclosed in trade secrets case

An Idaho 4th District judge has ordered a Florida dental services contractor to disclose nearly 100 pages from its successful bid for an Idaho Medicaid contract that the company had …

Idaho dental contract contested; claims of unfair bidding

A $50 million-a-year state contract award is on hold, after Blue Cross – the current contractor – sued, contending the state improperly allowed the other bidders to submit much of …

Bi-partisan bill easing access to gov’t records is sent to Obama

Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama legislation making it easier for Americans to obtain government records.

Clinton may be ordered to testify in records case, judge says

A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to …

Justices uphold $502,000 public records fine against state

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 …

Editorial: Idaho records exemption goes too far

Idaho House passes an exemption to public records law that relies on a fevered imagination, instead of actual events, to justify its necessity.

Police officer names would be kept secret under Virginia bill

Should the government be allowed to keep the names of police officers secret from the news media and public? A bill moving forward in Virginia would do that.

House approves public records exemption bill

The Idaho House has approved a bill that would allow public utilities to keep blueprints and other documents secret from the public.

Some marijuana business information would be restricted

Companion bills would keep certain information about marijuana business from the public.

Records advocate wants all Spokane police body camera videos

For months, Tim Schwering has been talking to Spokane’s Public Safety Committee about a worst-case scenario for the police records unit he supervises. Half of the department’s 202 patrol officers …

Spokane judge orders Lyft, Uber to provide ridership records

Records provided by Lyft and Uber to Spokane City Hall showing the number of trips and payments to public coffers must be released, a Spokane County judge ruled last month.

Records request pricey at the University of Idaho

Idaho’s public records law is more restrictive than that in neighboring Washington and the University of Idaho appears to take maximum advantage of the law’s restrictions.

Our View: Broaden open meetings law

Government advisory boards that craft policy and offer recommendations should be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.

Court: Public officials’ texts are public records

A public employee’s work-related text messages are public records, even when they are sent and received on a private cellphone are public records, the state Supreme Court ruled today.

Uber, Lyft get court order blocking release of Spokane County reports

Ride-sharing juggernauts Lyft and Uber are fighting – and winning – a legal battle to keep ridership numbers and other data about their business in Spokane under wraps. A judge …

Teachers’ attorney says investigative records should stay sealed

OLYMPIA – Spokane Public Schools should not release records of investigations into unproven allegations against two teachers, even if it removes their names, because identifying them from the documents is …

Editorial: Idaho voters should support public records ombudsman

Idaho typically elects conservative officeholders with skeptical views of government and then allows them to lower the blinds on public information. One would think voters would want the government closest …

Washington Supreme Court rules names must remain in records

OLYMPIA – Renters who have been wrongly sued by their landlords can’t have their names hidden in court records to prevent possible problems with finding future housing, the state Supreme …

Feds: Oil train data must be released

BILLINGS – U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads have sought to keep the material from the public …

Editorial: Washington Supreme Court should reject proposal that would allow sealing of more records

The Washington Supreme Court should reject proposed rules that would allow more court records to be sealed, possibly for eternity. The changes would violate or compromise the presumption in the …

Otter names Idaho public records ombudsman

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order Wednesday creating an Idaho public records ombudsman to manage concerns and complaints. The new ombudsman will collect information about state …

Shawn Vestal: Commissioner’s records request adds fuel to flare-up over planning

Public records laws are important tools for citizens to use in the battle against government secrecy and power. Anyone who has ever used them is familiar with occasional stonewalling and …

Teacher record cases piling up in Spokane area

Questions about whether the public has a right to know details of alleged teacher misconduct are the subject of three separate court actions involving Spokane-area school districts in recent weeks. …

Idaho unveils transparency site

BOISE – Idaho’s governor and state controller unveiled a new state government transparency website Thursday, with extensive data about the state’s finances and workforce that’s automatically updated every night. “We’ve …

Spokane Schools wants to charge for public records

OLYMPIA – Faced with a rapidly growing number of requests for public records, Spokane Public Schools wants to charge the public for the cost of locating and preparing those records. …

Editorial: Bill making mug shots public should be adopted

By an encouragingly comfortable 77-19 margin, the Washington House of Representatives has passed legislation to restore a measure of access to public records that the Washington state Supreme Court closed …