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PDFWAC 200-01-080

Review of denials of public records.

(1)(a) Any person who has been denied an opportunity to inspect or copy a public record by an agency or who believes that an agency has not made a reasonable estimate of the time required to respond to a public record request may petition the agency for prompt review of its decision.
(b) The petition shall be in writing and shall include a copy of, or reasonably identify, the written statement by the public records officer denying the request or providing the estimate.
(c) The petition shall be sent to the public records officer who shall promptly provide the petition and any other relevant information to the agency official designated by the agency to conduct the review.
(2) The designated agency official will immediately consider the petition and either affirm or reverse the denial or the estimate. This review will be complete within two business days following DES' receipt of the petition, or within such times as mutually agreed by DES and the requestor.
(3) Administrative remedies shall not be considered exhausted until the department has returned the petition with a decision or until the close of the second business day following denial of inspection, whichever occurs first.
(4) Any person may obtain court review of denials of public records requests pursuant to RCW 42.56.550 at the conclusion of two business days after the initial denial regardless of any internal administrative appeal.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.19.011 and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 12-02-004, ยง 200-01-080, filed 12/22/11, effective 1/22/12.]
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