Washington transparency legislation
Transparency legislation proposed in Washington.
A draft of new legislation to change the state's law has been introduced in the 2009 legislative session.
- SB 5119 - Eliminate the Washington Sunshine Committee. 
- SB 5130 - Prisoner access to public records. Sen. Mike Carrell (R-Lakewood) is the sponsor and says he has concerns that the current law (which allows prisoners to file FOIA requests) may be too liberal. 
- SB 5249 - Changing public records request provisions.
- SB 5250 - Increases the maximum per page copying charge under the public records act.
- SB 5251 - Defines per page cost for the purpose of copying costs under the public records act.
The Seattle Times editorialized against the three bills proposed by Sen. Darlene Fairley (D-Shoreline): SB5249, SB5250 and SB5251, calling their common theme of increasing the costs of obtaining open records "a move sure to discourage people with the right to keep tabs on their government". 
- HB 1017 - Creating a committee to study the feasibility of creating a board with public records act and open public meetings act responsibilities. 
- HB 1105 - Regarding public disclosure of records relevant to a controversy to which an agency is a party. 
- HB 1106 - Removing the ability of agencies to enjoin the examination of a specific public record. 
- HB 1107 - Regarding local government self-insurance programs and public records. 
- HB 1181 - Regarding prisoner access to public records.
- HB 1288 - Exempts the annual parental declaration of intent to home school from the public disclosure act.
- HB 1316 - Provides a court procedure to enjoin the production of public records the court deems were made for the purpose of harassment.
- HB 1317 - Governs the disclosure of public records containing information used to locate or identify employees of criminal justice agencies.
- HB 1471 - Removing the public records exemption for certain records addressing public sector collective bargaining.  
- Washington House Bill 2342 (2008) would create a website detailing state budget information.
King County, Washington
- Transparency in Taxation initiative requires a breakdown of property tax be sent to all taxpayers.
- Sunshine returns to D.C., clouds gather in Olympia, News Tribune, January 25, 2009
- Eliminating the public exemptions accountability committee
- Prisoner access to public records
- Bill seeks to halt records 'fishing', Seattle Post Intelligence, February 11, 2009
- Public records request provisions
- Increases maximum per page copying charge
- Defines per page cost for the purpose of copying costs under the public records act
- Use technology to provide public records cheaply, Seattle Times, February 9, 2009
- Creating a committee to study the feasibility of creating a board with public records act and open public meetings act responsibilities
- Regarding public disclosure of records relevant to a controversy to which an agency is a party.
- Removing the ability of agencies to enjoin the examination of a specific public record.
- Regarding local government self-insurance programs and public records.
- Regarding prisoner access to public records.
- Text of HB 1288
- Text of HB 1316
- Text of HB 1317
- HB 1471 History
- Text of HB 1471
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