HB1128 Washington StateSubmitted by InLiberty on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 17:21
The Washington State Public Records Act allows citizens to obtain records from government agencies. It’s a critical aspect of open and transparent government.
House Bill 1128, however, would gut the Public Records Act, making it ineffective and useless. HB 1128 is currently before the House Rules Committee in Olympia. It's supported by a glut of public officials and ten associations for public officials. It’s also supported by legislators from both parties, in what amounts to a bipartisan shellacking of citizens.
HB 1128 is a very bad bill. It’s designed to protect the government from citizens, while doing nothing to protect citizens from the government. Worse, it allows agencies to use public dollars to stymie full disclosure to the public.