What is the Public Records Act (PRA)?

The Public Records Act (PRA) requires that all public records maintained by state and local agencies be made available to all members of the public, with very narrow statutory exemptions. Chapter 42.56 RCW provides the statutory framework for disclosure of public records, while the Washington State Attorney General’s Model Rules on Public Disclosure (chapter 44-14 WAC) provide practical, non-binding, advisory guidance on many issues that may not be clear in the language of the PRA itself.

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1. What is the Public Records Act (PRA)?
2. What records are considered public records?
3. Which public records are exempt?
4. Who is the public records officer for Lynden?
5. Is there a cost for public records?