Task force says law­mak­ers need to be trans­par­ent

Tri-City Herald - - News -

A task force cre­ated after Wash­ing­ton law­mak­ers at­tempted to ex­empt them­selves from the state’s Pub­lic Records Act says the Leg­is­la­ture should be more trans­par­ent about its work­ings.

The group of law­mak­ers and news me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­proved sev­eral guide­lines for how the Leg­is­la­ture should han­dle the is­sue of pub­lic records at its fi­nal meet­ing Fri­day.

Mem­bers agreed that dis­putes about whether spe­cific records are pub­lic should be han­dled by an in­de­pen­dent body, and that pri­vacy pro­tec­tions al­ready in place should cover com­mu­ni­ca­tions with law­mak­ers.

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