Exploring the issues facing Public Schools with a focus on Special Education.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
About the Public Records Act
In 1972 the voters in state of Washington adopted Initiative 276,
which requires that most records maintained by state, county, city
governments, and all special purpose districts be made available to
members of the public. The public disclosure statutes have been
frequently revised over the past three decades. In 2006 these disclosure
statutes were removed from Ch. 42.17 RCW and recodified in Ch. 42.56 RCW.
The statutes are now referred to as the Public Records Act (PRA).
Although the public records disclosure statutes do not apply to judicial
records (case files), the legislature has specifically extended their
coverage to state legislative records. In addition, the public records
disclosure statutes apply equally to "every county, city, town,
municipal corporation, quasi-municipal corporation, or special purpose
district or any office, department, division, bureau, board, commission,
or agency thereof, or other local public agency." RCW 42.56.010(1)