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There is not a state law requirement that a public records disclaimer be included on all city or other public agency emails. So, this is a policy decision for your city. If you decide to add a disclaimer then it is, of course, important that the information be accurate. In o...
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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. The PRA allows a public agency to adopt a policy allowing waiver of PRA charges ( RCW 42.56.120 (4)); however, unless it pu...
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For a public records request, an agency  may charge for the actual cost of the flash drive or other storage media used to produce the electronic public records requested. This is true whether the agency has adopted the statutory default fee schedule or has adopted a fee sched...
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For sample policies governing: data, public records (retention, disposition, and production), email, mobile devices, and social media, please see the following MRSC topic pages: Public Records Act (Includes information regarding public records retention/management and ...
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As an initial matter, the Public Records Act (PRA), chapter 42.56 RCW, does not require an agency to make an extra copy of a record the agency provides in response to a PRA request. For example, if a PRA request is made for a document that exists as a hardcopy record and th...
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Yes. All agencies must maintain a log of records requests, tincluding the requestor identity (if provided), the date and text of the request, the description of records produced, redacted or withheld (and the statute authorizing withholding) and the date of final disposition ...
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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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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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RCW 42.56.520 allows a public agency, as a valid response to a public records request, to provide an Internet address and link on the agency’s web site to the records requested.  In this case, the link is to another local government’s webpage, so there could be some quality...
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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 rec...
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The Public Records Act defines the term "public record" very broadly to include: any writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by any . . . local age...
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If a requester making a request under the Public Records Act (PRA) is seeking metadata, the requester needs to specifically state that he/she is requesting metadata. Our state supreme court has indicated that a request under the PRA for metadata is not made unless and until a...
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The Local Government Common Records Retention Schedule (CORE), version 4.0 (May 2017), provides in section 1.10 that such records shall be retained for six years, and have potential archival value, so your regional archivist should be contacted before disposing of the rec...
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In our opinion, you can characterize this request as being a public records request. And, most---and likely all---of this information can be released since the responsive records are about the requestor. Members of the public have some access to information found in an employ...
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If a transit agency contracts with an outside firm to provide agency services, then that firm’s records related to agency business may be subject to the PRA. The Washington Supreme Court held in Cedar Grove v. City of Marysville that records of a private third party contrac...
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Draft minutes should probably be made available to members of the public when completed, even though not yet approved by the council. It might be argued that RCW 42.56.280 exempts draft minutes; however, the draft minutes presumably do not include the clerk's "opinions" or p...
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The RCW’s do not address this question directly, so we have to look to other sources for guidance. The Attorney General’s Public Records Act Model Rules— Ch. 44-14 WAC —are one source of guidance. Although not a binding authority for local governments, the model rules are per...
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Yes, the third party involved in a PRA third party notification under RCW 42.56.540 does need the opportunity to review the records in question in order to decide whether to seek a court order preventing disclosure. When third party notification is provided, the reason is b...
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Yes, RCW 42.56.260 generally exempts a market analysis or appraisal of property for rent or lease, in addition to property for purchase. RCW 42.56.260 states: (1) Subject to the time limitations in subsection (2) of this section, the following documents relating to an a...
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RCW 42.56.010 (3) defines "public record" to include any writing containing information related to the conduct of governing. RCW 42.56.010 (4) then defines "writing" broadly to include (emphasis added): handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, and ...
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