Washington transparency legislation
Transparency legislation proposed in Washington.
We do not currently have any legislation from Washington in 2011. To add some, please see WikiProject Proposed state sunshine legislation.
Here is a list of transparency legislation for Washington in 2010:
|House Bill 1317||Current Status:|
House Bill 1317 is a bill proposed by House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler which seeks to protect the photographs and birth dates of "criminal justice agency employees". The information would still be available to the media.  to read more please see: The Daily World, "Bill would restrict officer information". To track the bill, please see: Tracking HB 1317
Update: The bill passed in both the house and senate and heads to the Governor's Office for a signature.
|House Bill 2418||Current Status:(State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee)|
HB 2418 is a bill introduced by Representative Reuven Carlyle which would include in the definition of public records any signatures collected as a part of an effort to get a referendum on the ballot.  Seattle PI, "Lawmaker: Bill would make referendum signers names public"
|House Bill 2872||Current Status:(Ways & Means Committee)|
HB 2872 establishes a period of public and legislative review for appropriations legislation. The bipartisan bill would ensure that appropriations bills could be voted on only if 72 hours has passed since the bill was last amended.
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.
- ↑ text of HB 1317
- ↑ Text of HB 2418
- ↑ HB 2872 information
- ↑ HB2872 text
- ↑ 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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