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By Alice Day
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Pay-per-view for public records?


State and local agencies may charge a processing fee for public records sought for commercial purposes, under terms of a proposal considered by the 2015 Legislature.

Critics, however, say the change would adversely affect records requests made by citizens for non-commercial use.

The issue is likely dead for this session since if failed to gain House Appropriations Committee approval by the Feb. 28 cut-off date for bill advancement. It may resurface later when the Legislature begins dealing with budget details.

Under the state’s Public Records Act, agencies must make their records available to the public for inspection and copying upon request. The agency cannot ask for the purpose of t...

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