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By Lou Marzeles

A bill is proposed to make a no-brainer legislative fix


November 22, 2017

Some bills are introduced that make you go, “What? That wasn’t a law already?” Rep. Paul Graves, R-Fall City, is introducing a bill ahead of the 2018 Washington State legislative session that would remove language currently exempting state legislators from the full purview of the Public Records Act.

Right now, if you make a public records request for legislators’ information, they can say, “I don’t want to and you can’t make me.” Graves’ bill would make them say, “Yes, of course, coming right up.”

What? That wasn’t a law already?

Taxpayers deserve transparency, Graves, about to start his first term, says. He thinks it’s wrong for lawmakers to get preferential tre...

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