Dear Friends and Neighbors,
There have been many questions and concerns about the Legislative Public Records Act (Senate Bill 6617), and the process of which this bill was moved through the legislative process. As of Thursday night, Gov. Inslee has vetoed this legislation at the request of the Democrats.
I have asked many of you to reserve judgment on state lawmakers so we could have time to work on this issue and find the right solution.
To that end, below is a letter signed by House Republicans asking the governor to consider House Bill 2255, which would apply the Public Records Act to the legislative bodies of the state, while maintaining that the Legislature is not 147 separate state agencies, and allow House staff to administer the requests.
Please know that Republicans introduced this bill on December 5, 2017, but we were denied a committee hearing after repeatedly asking for one. Please stay skeptical but patient, and give us the chance to get this right. I will keep you updated.
Please feel free to contact my office with any questions, issues or concerns. I am your voice in Olympia and I want to hear from you.
It’s an honor to serve you.