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State and local agencies can manage the workload and cost of responding to public records requests through means provided in existing law. A dozen such means are outlined. Agencies should implement the tools provided by existing law before demanding the legislature enact new restrictions on access to public records or impose increased costs on requesters.
Retention and Disclosure of Voicemail Messages by State and Local Agencies in Washington State
Voicemail messages are subject to public records retention and disclosure requirements based on the content of the message, including messages delivered in email using integrated messaging systems.
Court Administrative Records Should be Subject to the Public Records Act
Washington courts have decided that court administrative records are not subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, despite the Act's declared applicability to all agencies. This paper, derived from remarks made directly to the state Supreme Court at a public hearing, argues that courts should be subject to the PRA rather than creating a separate court rule for administrative records disclosure.