WA: Auditor’s public disclosure report, a possible tool for revising state law, draws praise and skepticism

Every year, state lawmakers propose revisions to the state Public Records Act, a law passed by initiative in 1972 and amended many times since.

Every year, open-records advocates battle those proposed revisions, with varying degrees of success.

In 2017, the eternal struggle will play out again during the legislative session, but revision-minded lawmakers will have a new weapon to wield: a survey by the Washington state auditor measuring the costs and effects of records requests on state and local governments.

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