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Citizens can control their government only if they remain informed about the decisions their government officials are making. That important principle underlies Washington's open public records law.
The laws are based on three important principles:
- The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them.
- The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.
- The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created.
How to request records
A public database of consumer complaints is available at data.wa.gov. Consumer complaints are not evidence of wrongdoing.
Attorney General Opinions and other public records regarding the Attorney General’s Office are available at www.atg.wa.gov
Public Records Unit
Office of the Attorney General
1125 Washington Street S.E.
PO Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504-0100
Public Records Act requests to the AGO must be sent or submitted only to the public records officer in the Olympia main office.
The AGO has rules that provide information to persons wishing to request access to public records of the AGO and establish processes for both requesters and the AGO staff that are designed to best assist members of the public in obtaining such access. Those rules can be found at Chapter 44-06 Washington Administrative Code.
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