A recent court ruling affirms, or otherwise allows, lawmakers to withhold records that are ‘privileged’. Albeit the scope of the ‘privilege’ is yet to be defined. Such a ruling deals a pretty big blow to those seeking governmental transparency and public access to records. This is now the second court to rule in such a way. The ruling(s) essentially allows the government to decide what information they are going to give to the public and what information they are not going to give to the public. At least that is the fear by some pundits. In late 2019 the Washington State Supreme Court said lawmakers were subject to the state’s Public Records Act. To get around this, lawmakers justified their actions of withholding certain records under the guise of ‘legislative privilege’. This is how we ended up with some new rulings that are sure to be further litigated to the higher court(s) moving forward. Another stay tuned type of situation is upon us.
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