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Journalists criticize proposal giving Legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws


Last updated 2/13/2019 at Noon

Media organization representatives from across Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 13, lambasted proposed legislation that exempts the Legislature from portions of the Public Records Act.

As the proposed bill moves through the legislative process, a related court case also moves through the judicial process.

The Senate State Government and Tribal Relations and Elections Committee took public testimony on Senate Bill 5784 proposed by Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle. Pedersen was the only person to speak in support of his bill.

A proposed substitute bill discussed at the hearing would exempt the...

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