– “Public Records Act applies to Washington state lawmakers, judge rules”
“Washington state lawmakers are subject to the state’s Public Records Act, a Thurston County judge ruled Friday [Jan. 20] in a case brought by the Associated Press, The News Tribune and other news outlets.
Judge Chris Lanese rejected arguments by attorneys representing state representatives and senators, who wished to keep their emails, calendars and other records exempt from disclosure, including complaints of personal misconduct.
Lanese ruled that individual defendants in case, meaning state lawmakers, “have violated the Public Records Act” by refusing to disclose records sought by media outlets,” by Sean Robinson, Tacoma News Tribune.
– “Legislature, listen carefully to the judge”
By The Olympian Editorial Board