132G-276-110 - Review of denials of public records requests

132G-276-110. Review of denials of public records requests

(1) Any person who objects to the denial of a request for a public record may petition for prompt review of such decision by tendering a written request for review. The written request shall specifically refer to the written statement by the public records officer and/or his or her designees which constituted or accompanied the denial.

(2) Immediately after receiving a written request for review of a decision denying a public record, the public records officer and/or his or her designee denying the request shall refer it to the college president. The college president or his or her designee shall immediately consider the matter and either affirm or reverse such denial or consult with the attorney general to review the denial. In any case, the request shall be returned with a final decision, within two business days following the original denial.

(3) Administrative remedies shall not be considered exhausted until the college has returned the petition with a decision or until the close of the second business day following denial of inspection, whichever occurs first.

(4) Once the college denies a request for public records, the requester may request the attorney general to review the denial. Pursuant to RCW 42.17.325, the attorney general will provide the requester with an opinion whether the record is exempt from disclosure.

Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140(13) and 42.17.260(5). 00-10-048, § 132G-276-110, filed 4/26/00, effective 5/27/00; Order 3-11:74, § 132G-276-110, filed 4/26/74.

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