Op-Ed: Washington state’s public records act legally loots taxpayers’ pockets

Let's be very honest about what's what here. The current version of the Washington State Public Records Act (PRA) a/k/a/ RCW 42.56 wastes local tax dollars. 

It is a prescription for blatant abuse and it is has in fact been blatantly abused over and over in our state, particularly so in my hometown of Gold Bar where the community came close to being bankrupted over its abuse by just a few malcontents.


US Attorney blocks release of information on CIA driver licenses

From Northwest Public Radio:  The US Attorney in Seattle has stepped in to block the release of information about a once-secret program under which fictitious driver licenses were issued by the state of Washington. In a letter to the state, Jenny Durkan’s office says the documents are “classified national security information.”


NFOIC joins other nonprofits, newspapers in amicus brief


At issue are Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s claims of executive privilege to conceal records.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (August 27, 2012) – The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) has joined media associations and good government groups in asking the Washington state Supreme Court to limit Gov. Gregoire’s authority to withhold documents from public scrutiny.


Washington State paying record amount for records lawsuits

From NWCN.com:

In the state of Washington if a citizen requests a public record, it should be turned over unless there is a compelling reason not to do so. That's the law.  But investigators from KREM 2's Seattle affiliate, KING 5, have found more people than ever are accusing the state of breaking that law and it's costing taxpayers millions.


Washington Senate ponders limiting public records requests

From tri-cityherald.com:

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State lawmakers are exploring a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents, allowing them to get a court order if they can prove that a request creates a "significant burden."

The measure discussed by lawmakers Tuesday would also permit agencies to adopt policies limiting the amount of time devoted to responding to records requests.