The Seattle Times has the shameful story.
…a brazen attempt by [Washington State] lawmakers to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act. These elected officials are evading the ruling of a judge and contradicting Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both of whom said legislators are subject to the law.
[SB 6617] tries to permanently ban access to lawmakers’ past emails, text messages and calendars, as well as past disciplinary proceedings and complaints about lawmakers’ conduct.
What are these guys trying to cover up?
With dizzying speed and no public debate, state lawmakers passed the bill sealing off thousands of records that could inform voters how well their elected leaders are representing them. The entire process took about 48 hours….
It must be something, or a lot of somethings.
The Times editors called on the State’s Progressive-Democrat Governor to veto the bill. It’s not often I agree with these editors, but on this score, they’re absolutely right. Jay Inslee agreed: he vetoed the bill Thursday.