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Published on Friday, April 17, 2015

What public records bills survived the 2015 legislative session?

Of the dozens of public records bills introduced, and tracked by AWC, this session only three managed to make it through the entire legislative process. Here’s a rundown of those bills.

  • HB 1431, Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-Renton), modifies exemptions relating to real estate appraisals. HB 1431 passed off the Senate floor with 47 yeas, 1 nay and 1 absent. It now moves to Governor Inslee for signature. HB 1431’s companion, SB 5395, died in House Rules.
  • HB 1554, Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup), exempts information of guardians or family members of children enrolled in certain programs, including parks and recreation programs. HB 1554 passed off the Senate floor 49-0 and was transmitted to the Governor on April 16. Governor Inslee has 5 days to act on the bill. Its companion, SB 5396, died in House Rules.
  • HB 1980, Rep. Larry Springer (D- Kirkland), implements recommendations of the Sunshine Committee. These include expanding personal finance information that is exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA), protecting child victims of sexual assault from disclosure under the PRA, exempting local or regionally maintained gang databases from disclosure under the PRA, as well as other exemptions. HB 1980 passed the Senate with 44 yeas, 0 nays, 1 absent and 4 excused. It now moves to Governor Inslee for signature.
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