Seattle Public Records' mission is to increase the effectiveness of community participation
in civic government; by improving citizens’ access to Seattle public records,
and simplifying communication with Seattle public service agencies.
Washington Public Records Act: Construction
The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them.
The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good
for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed
so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created.
This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote
this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected.
In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act,
the provisions of this chapter shall govern.