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As a general rule, a councilmember has greater access to public records than does the public. However, a councilmember's access should relate to the duties of that office.  For instance, a councilmember should not be given access to medical records of employees.
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Yes.  Public records are the property of the local government agency that created them, and should be stored in a secure and efficient way. Public records may be stored in any public building or even in a private, rented records storage facility. The security of the records m...
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In addition to the statutory exemptions from disclosure that a city must consider in responding to a particular request, a city is prohibited from providing or giving access to "lists of individuals" if requested for commercial purposes. RCW 42.56.070 (9). The Attorney Genera...
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In general, public records that are exempt from public disclosure are those in the categories listed in Ch. 42.56 RCW , Sections 210 through 480. Reference must be made to these statutes to determine on a case-by-case basis whether a particular record is exempt. (Examples of ...
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There is no provision in the Public Records Act that exempts indigent persons from having to pay for copies of public records pursuant to a PRA request. A public agency could adopt a policy to that effect; however, unless it puts an upper limit on that number, it would be ope...
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Yes, except if the requestor notifies the agency that he or she cannot access the records through the internet.  In that case the agency must provide copies of the record or allow the requestor to view copies using an agency computer.  This change was made to RCW 42.56.520 ...
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Informal notes prepared by a public official for his or her own convenience, maintained in a way that indicates a private purpose, and not intended for circulation or distribution within the agency, would most likely be considered personal and not public records. As such, they...
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Yes. The 2013 Legislature, in HB 1203 , amended RCW 42.56.230(2) to exempt from public inspection and copying personal information relating to: a child enrolled in a public or nonprofit program serving or pertaining to children, adolescents, or students including but no...
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If a person requests that electronic records be provided in electronic format, the city is required to provide the records in electronic format. O'Neill v. Shoreline , 145 Wn.App. 913 (2008). The PRA requires agency rules to "provide for the fullest assistance to inquirers."...
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No, a local government is not required to comply with a request to provide records in the future that don't currently exist. The Attorney General’s "Model Rules" regarding the Public Records Act addresses this issue at WAC 44-14-04004 (4)(a) as follows: An agency must only...
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Yes, if it relates to misconduct on the job. The test is whether the record would be highly offensive to a reasonable person and is not of legitimate concern to the public. Since it relates to misconduct, it is of legitimate concern to the public and must be released. See D...
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For a public records request, a city may charge for the actual cost of the disc used to contain the electronic public records requested. The best practice is to include such a fee in your city's fee schedule outlining the copying, scanning, and related charges associated with...
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HB 1594 and HB 1595 contained the high-profile PRA legislation this session. MRSC has published three blog posts outlining the key provisions in these two bills: New PRA Legislation: To Boldly Go Where the PRA Hasn’t Gone Before New Open Government Training R...
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There are several federal regulations that require or strongly urge that all medical records be kept separate from regular personnel files. The regulations are adopted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and, more recently, the Heal...
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A lodging tax advisory committee is subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) as a "subagency" of the city under RCW 42.30.020 (1)(c), which defines public agencies subject to the OPMA to include "[a]ny subagency of a public agency which is created by or pursuant to sta...
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In our opinion, this would not be a valid response under the Public Records Act (PRA). RCW 42.56.520 was amended in 2010 and now allows a public agency, as a valid response to a public records request, to provide the inquirer with the Internet address and link on the agency...
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Although there's nothing in the law that directly addresses this issue, we've consistently opined that elected officials - whether of cities, counties, or special purpose districts - have the right to see the public records of their agency to the extent that those records rel...
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There is no legal requirement under the PRA that an agency notify employees of such a request. However, RCW 42.56.540 gives agencies the option to provide what is referred to as "third party notice" to allow the third party (here, the employee) to seek a court injunction to...
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Under the Public Records Act (PRA), chapter 42.56 RCW , agencies are required to maintain what's commonly referred to as a privilege or exemption log, but only related to those records for which the agency is claiming an exemption under the PRA. There is no requirement of...
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RCW 42.56.520 provides that a response to public records request must be made by the agency within five business days. The question is whether the day the request is received counts as one of the five days.   This office has taken the position that the day the request is ...
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