Keep Secrecy Out of Olympia

The LWV stands for open and transparent government; SB 6617 will make some of the Legislature‚Äôs records public, but will allow other records to stay secret.  Under Washington's open-records law, other government offices - including cities, counties, state agencies and the governor's office - are all subject to public disclosure laws; they routinely disclose government documents, calendars and emails. But the Legislature has long argued that it is exempt from the Public Records Act - an argument the legislature lost in court last month (which it is appealing.) We disagree; the Legislature should be subject to the same rules and laws that apply to other elected officials in Washington. An open and transparent government is key to democracy and an informed citizenry.  

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