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WAC 458-276-020

Agency descriptionPublic records officerPublic records.

(1) Department of revenue. The department of revenue (department) is an agency headed by a director (director) appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the state senate. The powers and duties of the director are those prescribed by RCW 82.01.060. The department administers state tax and business licensing laws, acts as advisor on revenue matters to the governor, the legislature, and other state and local agencies, and supervises and assists in the administration of property tax laws at the state and local level. Where appropriate, the term department also refers to the staff and employees of the department of revenue.
(2) Public records officer. The department's public records officer oversees compliance with the Public Records Act but other department employees, referred to as public records designees, will generally process the specific requests. These rules, therefore, will refer to the public records officer or designee. The public records officer or designee of the department will:
• Assist requestors in obtaining the requested records;
• Create and maintain for use by the public and department employees an index to the department's public records;
• Protect public records from damage or disorganization;
• Fulfill public records requests without excessive interference with essential functions of the department;
• Give due regard to statutory exemptions or other judicially recognized limitations from disclosure; and
• Prevent unreasonable invasions of privacy or the use of records for purposes of commercial lists when releasing records to the public.
(3) Public records. A public record is any writing prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function.
(4) Writing. Writing is every means of recording any form of communication or representation whether by handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating/copying, photographing, or other means of recording. A "writing" includes, but is not limited to, letters, email messages, words, pictures, sounds, or symbols, or combination thereof, and all papers, maps, magnetic or paper tapes, photographic films and prints, magnetic or punched cards, discs, drums, diskettes, sound recordings, and other documents including existing data compilations from which information may be obtained or translated.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.01.060(2) and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 15-01-105, § 458-276-020, filed 12/18/14, effective 1/18/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 78-02-064 (Order GT 78-1), § 458-276-020, filed 1/23/78.]
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