Rep. Pollett: Comments on governor's veto of Open-records vote

Saturday, March 3, 2018

By Evan Smith

State Rep. Gerry Pollet had these comments on Gov. Jay Inslee's veto of the legislature's recent vote to exempt itself from the state open-records law:

"The Governor, legislators and news media agreed to a nine month long public process involving a broadly representative task force, which will meet around the state and take input as it tackles the issues of what records of the legislature should be disclosed and how. 
"This is a concept proposed by Representative Sharon Wylie and myself as part of acknowledging that the process adopting SB 6617 was the opposite of transparent and inclusive. 
"I was the first of just three legislators to voluntarily disclose my records on request to the news media; and, I'm the prime sponsor of the bill supported by the Seattle Times and other newspapers to fully cover the Legislature under our Public Records Act. My hope is that the task force will recommend a bill similar to the one I have sponsored to disclose legislators' records."

Pollet represents Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and northeast Seattle in the 46th Legislative District.


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