Caution in order when considering new (Washington) public records bills

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As newspaper publishers, we tend to take a proprietary attitude toward public records. The state of Washington has some of the nation’s strongest laws in terms of keeping public records public and safeguarding public access to state archives.

We’d like it to stay that way.

Three bills currently working their way through the state House of Representatives in Olympia, however, trouble us specifically because we see them as having an ultimately negative effect on the public’s right to know: