Voters approved the Public Disclosure Act by initiative in 1972. At the time, the Act included only 10 exemptions from disclosure. As of 2016, there are over 500 exemptions in the Revised Code of Washington.
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.
Staff contact: Melinda Brown
What: Sunshine (Public Records Exemptions Accountability) Committee Meeting
When: May 16, 2017
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Where: John A. Cherberg Building, Conference Room ABC, Olympia, WA
Materials: Materials Forthcoming
Sunshine Committee's 2017 meeting schedule
- 2012 Public Disclosure Statutes
- 2013 Public Disclosure Statutes
- 2014 Public Disclosure Statutes
- 2015 Public Disclosure Statutes
- 2016 Public Disclosure Statutes
Sunshine Committee Reports to the Legislature:
Chair, Michael E. Schwab, retired Yakima County Superior Court Judge
Former State Representative Lynn Kessler - Vice Chair
Senator Maralyn Chase (D)
Senator Pam Roach (R)
Representative Luanne Van Werven (R)
Representative Larry Springer (D)
Nicholas Brown - Counsel to the Governor
Rowland Thompson, Executive Director, Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington
David Zeeck, Publisher, Tacoma News Tribune
Hon. Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney
Nancy Krier, Assistant Attorney General for Open Government
Kathy George, Attorney, Harrison-Benis LLP
Sara Di Vittorio, Snohomish County Public Records Deputy Prosecutor
Legislation on Sunshine Committee Bills & Bills Concerning Exemptions Addressed in Sunshine Committee Recommendations
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