Washington State Legislative Records — Constitutional?

There are two public records laws in Washington — Public Records Act1 and Legislative Records.2  Each law was passed in a different year.  Each law uses a different definition for what a public record is and is not.  Each law applies to different areas of government.  They are very different laws.

Washington State Capitol Building
Washington State Capitol Building

Legislative Records are a restrictive form of public records that is only applicable to to the Washington State Legislature.  The main problem with the Legislative Records law is it unconstitutionally allows individual Legislators arbitrarily determine what is or is not a record to be disclosed, violating long-held free speech principles.

It should be be scrapped completely and the Washington State Legislature should be subject to the standards of the Washington Public Records Act same as every other governmental agency.

 

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