Tag: Public Records Act

21
Feb

Update on PRA Legislation

In a February 6th blog post, we updated you on the status of the litigation between the media and the legislature regarding whether the state’s public records act (PRA) applies to the legislative branch. At that time, Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-43, had introduced SB 5784, which added the legislature to the PRA but also allowed for a significant set of

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11
Feb

Does your county use automated decision making?

Will you be able to sort your email without submitting an “algorithmic accountability report” to the state? An interesting bill crept up on us last week that has some unfortunate consequences.  HB 1655, sponsored by Rep. Hudgins, was heard on Feb. 6th and is scheduled for executive action on February 15th. This bill prohibits public agencies from developing, procuring, or

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6
Feb

Legislative Response to PRA Introduced

You may recall that around this time last year, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled against the legislature in determining that they are subject to the Public Records Act (PRA) after several news organizations requested certain work-related documents from the legislators. Both sides appealed and the case is pending before the state supreme court. In response to the court

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5
Mar

Olympia Update – Week 9

Last week in Olympia was one of the more dramatic in a long time, culminating in the Governor’s veto of the legislature’s attempt to largely exempt themselves from the Public Records Act. Adding to the drama, two bills that WSAC was gravely concerned about, wrongful death, and occupational disease presumptions died on Friday’s cutoff to move bills from the opposite

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