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Washington’s Public Records Act: An Overview of Common Questions
Wednesday 26 July 2017, 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Washington’s Public Records Act (PRA) is a strongly worded mandate for broad disclosure of public records. It cements government transparency as a basic function of government, and gives members of the public access to most public records of state and local agencies in Washington State.

While the basic purpose of the PRA is easily understood, it can be a challenge for both requestors and agencies alike to follow the PRA’s requirements. Even where both requestor and agency are willing to work together, it can sometimes be difficult to balance the public’s interest in transparent government with the privacy interests of individuals and entities.

This class will provide an overview of common questions related to the PRA which tend to fall within six general categories: (1) the scope of the PRA; (2) key terms and limitations; (3) how to make a public records request; (4) how should an agency respond to a request; (5) how should I resolve a dispute with an agency; and (6) those related to the preservation and destruction of public records. This class will also provide a list of recommended resources that can be used to get a deeper understanding of the PRA.


For current Library subscribers:  $20.00

For non-subscribers:  $35.00


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Robert Sepler
Robert Sepler has been a Legal Consultant with the Municipal Research and Services Center since 2015.  Prior to joining the MRSC, Robert worked several local governments in the area as a Legal Intern – including Port Townsend and the City of Seattle.  He grew up in Washington and holds degrees from both the University of Washington and the Seattle University School of Law.

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