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By Emma Epperly
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Do law makers want to keep secrets?


February 20, 2019

Media organization representatives from across Washington lambasted proposed legislation that exempts the legislature from portions of the Public Records Act.

As the proposed bill moves through the legislative process, a related court case also moves through the judicial process.

The Senate State Government and Tribal Relations and Elections Committee took public testimony last Wednesday on Senate Bill 5784 proposed by Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle. Pedersen was the only person to speak in support of his bill.

A proposed substitute bill discussed at the hearing would exempt the legislature from disclosing a variety of documents, including records dealing with harassment, sexual assault...

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