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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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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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Yes. The audio tapes are still "public records" which must be made available for review under the state public records disclosure laws. For more information about Washington's public records disclosure laws, see MRSC publication Public Records Act for Washington Cities and C...
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Yes, the personal email address in this context must be disclosed if the email message at issue is responsive to a public records request made under the PRA. The only exemptions that may apply to an employee’s personal email address are: RCW 42.56.230 (3) (exempting pe...
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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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Case law on this issue indicates that if an agency receives a request that is recognizable as a PRA request and that request is for an identifiable public record, then such a request will constitute a valid PRA request, regardless of whether the request is submitted on a form...
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No. RCW 42.56.250 (2) exempts from public inspection and copying all applications for public employment, including the names of applicants, resumes, and other related materials.   For more information on this topic, see our Public Records Act Web page.
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No. The public records law allows a local government agency to recover a reasonable charge for providing copies of public records to any person. This applies to nonprofit corporations as well as private citizens or businesses. The charge may not exceed the amount necessary to ...
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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, if the city has the technological capability (i.e., if it has a scanner), it should comply with this request for conversion of paper documents into PDF files. This conclusion is supported by the model rules, specifically WAC 44-14-05002 (2)(c)(i), dealing wit...
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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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In our opinion, they must disclose such information. While the Public Records Act statutes exempt the disclosure of personal e-mail addresses and residential addresses of an agency's employees and volunteers contained in an agency’s personnel records (see RCW 42.56.250 ), th...
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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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Building plans submitted to a local government for approval are considered public records and copies should be given to individuals requesting them. There is no PRA exemption that applies to such plans. If a municipality has reason to believe that the developer may object to ...
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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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