ESB 6617 Information.

Engrossed Senate Bill 6617, exempting the Washington State Legislature from the voter-initiated Public Records Act, passed the legislature on Feb. 23, 2018 less than 48 hours after its introduction. Here are resources (with links) regarding the bill and some of the media coverage.

Legislative records:

Legislative tracking of the accelerated bill

Final version of ESB6617 as passed

Senate Bill Report

House Bill Report

Media coverage: 

Washington Post: Washington governor vetoes legislative exemption bill 

Roll Call of vote (from The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times: Washington state lawmakers make speedy move to shield their records from the public

Spokane Spokesman-Review: Legislature quickly passes bill exempting itself from much of state Public Records Act

Tacoma News Tribune; Are legislators telling the truth about the controversial public records bill they just passed? Not so much


Seattle Times: Insistence on public-records secrecy for lawmakers is slap in the face to public they serve

Yakima Herald-Republic: Legislature votes to keep your business hidden from you

League of Women Voters® of Washington: SB 6617: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Really Ugly

Justification essay by Sen. Jamie Pedersen D-43: Public Records Act expands disclosure, but protects privacy