Voters approved the Public Disclosure Act by initiative in 1972. At the time, the Act included only 10 exemptions from disclosure. As of 2014, there are over 400 exemptions.
The Attorney General’s Office requested a bill to establish a Blue-Ribbon Committee to review all exemptions to the Public Disclosure Act. Senate Bill 5435, which created the Public Records Exemptions Accountability Committee (Sunshine Committee), became law on July 22, 2007. The Sunshine Committee makes recommendations to the Legislature to repeal or amend exemptions to the Public Records Act.
Public testimony regarding exemptions the Sunshine Committee is currently considering is welcome. If you are unable to give your testimony in person, you may do so online or by mail using the contact form linked below.
To ensure inclusion in the written information provided to the Committee, online and mailed comments must be received two business days prior to the next scheduled meeting.
CONTACT THE SUNSHINE COMMITTEE
Staff contact: Rebecca Podszus
What: Sunshine (Public Records Exemptions Accountability) Committee Meeting
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Where: John A. Cherberg Bldg., Conference Room ABC, Olympia, WA
Sunshine Committee's 2014 meeting schedule
Previous Meeting Materials
Schedule of Review
The Code Reviser's Office annually provides the Committee with a list of public disclosure exemptions contained in the Revised Code of Washington.
Sunshine Committee Reports to the Legislature:
Honorable Michael Schwab (ret), Yakima County Superior Court Judge (Chair)
Lynn Kessler (ret), House of Representatives (Vice-Chair)
Nicholas Brown, Office of the Governor
Senator Maralyn Chase
Frank Garred (ret), Newspaper Publisher
The Honorable Peter Holmes, City of Seattle
Representative Jeff Holy
Nancy Krier, Office of the Attorney General
Ramsey Ramerman, City of Everett
Senator Pam Roach
Representative Larry Springer
Rowland Thompson, Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington
David Zeeck, The News Tribune
Committee Contact Information
Sunshine Committee bylaws
SSB 5295 (Chapter 128, Laws of 2010)
2014: HB 2764
2013: HB 1297/SB 5170, SHB 1298/SSB 5169, HB 1299/SB 5171
2011-2012: SB 5049
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