National Freedom of Information Coalition
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Washington lawmakers opt to pursue study of public records requests

Cities, counties and school districts won't be getting the changes to Washington's public records act that they asked lawmakers to make this session.

This week it became clear that a House bill allowing local governments to limit the time spent processing public record requests and to prioritize handling of those requests would not be voted on.

Now the bill's author and its supporters are hoping lawmakers will pay for a study of the effect of key provisions of the waylaid legislation, House Bill 2576, on use of the state's chief law for insuring public access to information about government. Continue…