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Email such as spam, advertisements, announcements, training bulletins, etc. are public records when received, but they have no retention value and may be permanently deleted when received. See Local Government Common Records Retention Schedule (CORE), Version 3.0 (November ...
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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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MRSC has consistently taken the position that minutes are not required for an executive session. This position is based on RCW 42.32.030 , which states: The minutes of all regular and special meetings except executive sessions of such boards, commissions, agencies or autho...
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Yes.  RCW 42.56.250 (3) exempts from public disclosure an employee's residential address and telephone number. In Belenski v. Jefferson County, the court of appeals found that both RCW 42.56.250 (2) and (3) continue to apply to former employees since, as the court put it, ...
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Our position is that the records must remain in the office where they are filed, except for limited circumstances or on a temporary basis. WAC 434-615-020 supports this conclusion; it provides in part: Unless otherwise provided by law, public records must remain in the le...
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Yes, the agency may hire an outside firm to help it meet the request, but the agency may not pass onto the requestor the cost of hiring the outside firm. The PRA, at RCW 42.56.120 , states: "No fee shall be charged for the inspection of public records or locating public docu...
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When an agency cannot provide the records requested by an in-person request immediately, the agency will obviously need contact information. Oral requests, without more, are problematic in any event. As noted by the court Beal v. City of Seattle , 150 Wn. App. 865, 874-75 ...
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 A tax foreclosure sale of property does not extinguish recorded easements in the property. A statute, RCW 36.35.290 , directly addresses this: The general property tax assessed on any tract, lot, or parcel of real property includes all easements appurtenant thereto,...
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State law requires that responses to requests for public records be made "promptly." Specifically, cities and other governmental agencies must respond in writing within five business days of receiving a request by either: (1) providing the record; (2) providing an internet add...
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The statutory default amount for all hard copies is 15 cents a page; if the agency has adopted the statutory default amount, it can only charge 15 cents a page for a color copy. However, if an agency has adopted a fee schedule with its actual costs, and has determined that th...
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In brief, no. Our position at MRSC has been that the claim filing requirements in RCW 4.96.020 don’t apply to a lawsuit based on an alleged violation of the Public Records Act (PRA). RCW 4.96.020 , and chapter 4.96 RCW more generally, addresses tort claims, tortious co...
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It is a best practice to send a closing letter informing the requestor that the request was closed and the reason why. The same guidance is offered by the Attorney General's Model Rules for the Public Records Act : A records request has been fulfilled and can be closed whe...
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We believe that a public agency must honor an oral request for a record. The agency could certainly ask that the request be made in writing on an agency-approved form. But, it is our opinion that a public agency cannot require a person to do so. In the case O'Neill v. City ...
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The statutes applicable to code cities, as well as other classes, say little about the taking of minutes. The closest authority we could find is RCW 35A.12.110 , which provides, in part Meetings of the council shall be presided over by the mayor, if present, or otherwise by...
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We have opined that an ex-employee has a statutory right, as described below, to review his/her personnel file for a two-year period after his/her employment with the city has terminated. A key provision in this regard is RCW 49.12.250 , which provides, in part: 3) A former...
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Growth Management Interlocal Agreements regarding Urban Growth Areas: A Summary of Issues The following is a summary of city and county experiences with growth management interlocal agreements (as of September 2003) for development review and planning within the UGA. This ...
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RCW 35.102.145 allows cities to adopt an ordinance specifically exempting their B&O tax returns and tax information from public disclosure, "in the manner provided by RCW 82.32.330 ." ( RCW 82.32.330 is the primary statute that exempts state tax records from disclosure.) ...
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Applications for public employment, including resumes, cover letters, and letters of recommendation, are exempt from disclosure under RCW 42.56.250 (2), so you would not be required to provide those records to the requestor. Information regarding an employee's education and...
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Yes. There is no disclosure exemption that applies to such recordsRecords showing the gross wages paid to each employee each pay period are not exempt.  Employee voluntary deductions from salary are exempt.  The public has no legitimate need to know, for example, how much a...
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The public has a right to make audio and video recordings of council or board of commissioners meetings, as long as it is done in a way that does not disrupt the meetings. See AGO 1998 No. 15 . Given that right, we see no legal reason why a citizen could not transmit that re...
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