Gov. Inslee vetoes legislative exemption bill

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that sought to exempt Washington lawmakers from the state's Public Records Act, and legislators agreed to not take another vote to override his action.

Thursday night's agreement came hours before the measure -- contested by media groups and open government advocates -- would have become law.

In turn, a media coalition that sued over legislative records last year agreed to seek a stay of proceedings in the trial court during an appeal from last month's court ruling that found state lawmakers are fully subject to the same broad public disclosure requirements that cover other local and state elected officials and employees at state agencies. The Legislature is in the process of appealing that ruling and while a stay was likely to be granted in the case regardless, the media groups agreed to officially request the stay with the defendants and to not seek enforcement of the order while the case is on appeal.

The media groups also agreed to not launch an initiative effort to change present law while the case worked its way through the appellate process.


State Representative Marcus Riccelli posted this on his Facebook page after Gov. Inslee vetoed the bill.