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By Emma Epperly
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Lawmakers try again to exempt themselves from public records

 

February 6, 2019



Legislation proposed on the last day of January would largely exempt state legislators from the Public Records Act, according to the attorney who led the fight against a similar bill last year.

That bill was passed in a last-minute move after a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled in January 2018 that the legislature was subject to the Public Records Act and had not been in compliance for years. Both sides appealed the decision, and litigation is still ongoing in the Washington Supreme Court.

A public outcry over last year’s bill led to the intervention of Gov. Jay Inslee, who negotiated a truce between the legislature and the newspaper industry, which sought to force the lawmake...



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