Rep. Paul Graves (R) of Fall City, in his second year as a state legislator, is proposing an end to a form of special treatment for state legislators. This week, he will introduce H-3136.2 a bill to amend the state’s 40-year-old Public Records Act, to remove a 1995 exemption for state legislators.
As the law stands now, all state legislators, as well as the governor and lieutenant governor can refuse to disclose information requested by the public regarding their schedules, emails and other communications. City and county officials and other public entities are required, by Chapter 42.56 of state law (RCW), to provide anyone who requests publicly available information with that information, within a reasonable timeframe.
There are exceptions to this rule, such as information related to criminal investigations or data that could violate a person’s privacy, but in general, if the public asks for it, the city and county must provide