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WAC 480-04-120

Review of denials of public records requests.

(1) If the commission denies a request for a public record and the requester disagrees with the denial, the requester may ask the public records officer, in writing, for a review of the denial. The written request for review must describe or enclose the public records officer's written statement that explains the reasons for the denial.
(2) The requester may hand deliver, or have a courier deliver, the written request for review in person at the commission's administrative office or the requester may send it by mail or email.
(3) The commission will promptly consider the written request for review. The public records officer's denial becomes final unless the commission modifies the decision within two business days after the commission receives the request for review unless the requester and the commission agree to a longer commission review period. The commission, however, may modify a denial decision at a later time. Once the public records officer's initial denial decision becomes final, the requester may seek judicial review under RCW 42.56.550, or the requester may request that the Washington attorney general review any claims of exemptions pursuant to RCW 42.56.530.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. WSR 18-20-007 (Docket A-180513, General Order R-594), § 480-04-120, filed 9/19/18, effective 10/20/18; WSR 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), § 480-04-120, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160 and 81.04.160. WSR 98-02-011 (Order R-446, Docket No. A-970591), § 480-04-120, filed 12/29/97, effective 1/29/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. WSR 92-07-006 (Order R-368, Docket No. A-910530), § 480-04-120, filed 3/5/92, effective 4/5/92; Order R-43, § 480-04-120, filed 4/5/73.]
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