No. 80532-6.

199 P.3d 393 (2009)

RENTAL HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF PUGET SOUND, a Washington non-profit public benefit corporation, Appellant, v. CITY OF DES MOINES, a Washington municipal corporation, Respondent.

Supreme Court of Washington, En Banc.

Decided January 22, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Katherine George, Law Offices of Charlotte Cassady, Bellevue, WA, for Appellant.

Jeffrey Scott Myers, Law Lyman Daniel Kamerrer & Bogdanovich, P.S., Olympia, WA, Patricia Bosmans, City of Des Moines, Des Moines, WA, for Respondent.

Greg Overstreet, Allied Law Group, LLC, Olympia, for Amicus Curiae Allied Daily Newspapers of Wash. and Wash. Newspaper Publishers Ass'n.

Jeffrey David Goltz, Olympia, for Amicus Curiae Atty. General's Office.

Pamela Beth Loginsky, Wash. Assn. of Prosecuting Attys., Olympia, for Amicus Curiae Wash. Ass'n of Prosecuting Attys.

Duane Michael Swinton, Steven Joseph Dixson, Spokane, for Amicus Curiae Wash. Coalition for Open Government.

Milton G. Rowland, Foster, Pepper, PLLC, Spokane, kathleen J. Haggard, Dionne & Rorick, Seattle, for Amicus Curiae Wash. State Ass'n of Municipal Attys.


¶ 1 Washington's Public Records Act (PRA), chapter 42.56 RCW, is a strongly-worded mandate for open government, requiring broad disclosure of public records unless the responding agency demonstrates that the record falls within a specific exemption. RCW 42.56.070(1). When a requesting party is dissatisfied with an agency's response to a records request, it may bring an action under the PRA but must do so "within one year of the agency's claim of...

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