Citizen Resources
Public Records Act

Statutes and Rules
Public Records Act – Chapter 42.56 RCW
Public Records Act – Model Rules – Chapter 44-14 WAC
Public Records and Rules of Procedures – 434-12A WAC
Custody of Public Records – 434-615 WAC
Powers and Duties of State – Archivist 434-620 WAC
Local Records Disposition Authorization – 434-635 WAC
Preservation of Electronic Public Records – 434-662 WAC

Treatise & Reference
Attorney General’s Open Government Internet Manual
Public Records Act – General & Procedural Provisions
Public Records Act – Exemptions from Disclosure
Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties & special Purpose Districts – Municipal Research & Services Center
Attorney General's Office Training for Compliance with the Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act

Attorney General Opinions
Parental Access to School District Records Relating to Students
Public Records – Initiative No 276
Access to Lists of Individuals Under Initiative No 276
Applicability of public records sections RCW 42.17 to associations comprised of counties, county officials, cities, and port districts.
Authority of state agency to require production of information for tax research and confidentiality of taxpayer information
Public disclosure status of farm plan prepared and held by state conservation district when similar record held by parallel federal agency is exempt from public disclosure.
Disposition of records pertaining to deferred criminal prosecution
Municipal Bonds
Authority of state records committee to set retention period for certain records produced by Department of Health
State Auditor may require Legislature to maintain detailed telephone records for audit
Public Access to property tax assessment rolls
Department of Revenue’s access to certain Liquor Control Board Records
Access to Lists of Individuals
Access to Comparable Leases
Preexisting Fees
Confidential Income Information

General Resources
I-276 Voters Guide
Public Records: The Attorney-Client Privilege & Work Product Doctrine
Cross Reference Guide for 2006 Recodification of PRA
Public Disclosure Act to Public Records Act Conversion Table
Public Records Disclosure
Municipal Research & Services Center – PRA Inquiries
Public Records Disclosure Caselaw Update
Model Rules on Electronic Records
Washington Legal Guide by Citizen Media Law Project
Open Government Laws & Public Contracts
Electronic Records & Washington's Public Records Act
Public Officials and Public Records

AccessNorthwest Government Information
About AccessNorthwest
"Spirit of (2)76": The history and intent of the Washington Public Disclosure Act (Initiative 276)
Other AccessNorthwest documents

Websites & Blogs
Society of Professional Journalists
Media Law Resource Center
National Freedom of Information Coalition
Citizen Media Law Project
Local Open Government
The Newsroom Law Blog
Unredacted – Views from the Desk of the Open Government Ombudsman
Sunshine Committee
Open Government Ombudsman



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