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Public disclosure rules to change

The Washington state Attorney General's office has released draft model rules for public disclosure procedures. The rules are now available for public comment. The model rules were developed at the direction of the Legislature as part of a comprehensive public records law unanimously approved during the 2005 session.

A press release from the office of the state Attorney General, Rob McKenna said, ``the model rules are guidelines that incorporate best practices for requestors and agencies on the public records disclosure process. The rules will help both requestors and agencies successfully apply our state's open public records law by providing many practical solutions to recurring public records issues.''

The proposed rules were distributed for comment and review on Nov. 23 to a group of nearly 1,000 stakeholders that included: local government, state agencies, community activists and the media.

The proposed model rules will also appear in the Dec. 7, 2005 State Register and a public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 12, 2006, in the General Administration Building at 210 11th Ave. S.W., Olympia, Wash.

The proposed rules can be viewed and comments submitted via the Attorney General's Web site at www.atg.wa.gov/ records/modelrules.

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