Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1998 NO. 15 > Nov 30 1998

1.  A county does not have authority to ban video or sound recording of a meeting required to be open to the public by the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30); the county could regulate recording only to the extent necessary to preserve order at the meeting and facilitate public attendance. 2.  A county has authority to ban video or sound recording of any lawful executive session of a public meeting. 3.  If a meeting is not an “open public meeting” as defined in RCW 42.30, but is required to be an open meeting by some other statute, the extent of the county's authority to restrict recording of such a meeting would depend on the language and the intent of the controlling statute. 4.  If a county officer conducts a “private meeting” as may be defined in law, the county has authority to restrict or prohibit the recording of such meetings.

AGO 1994 NO. 18 > Oct 19 1994

The Department of Labor and Industries has authority in prescribing the conduct of medical examinations conducted pursuant to the state's industrial insurance program (RCW 51.32.110) to prohibit the patient and third parties from recording such examinations, and such action is not inconsistent with RCW 9.73.030 or other Washington law.