[Filed August 3, 2020, 8:38 a.m., effective September 3, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: RCW 42.56.120
authorizes agencies to charge for certain costs related to public records requests. This statute allows agencies to undergo their own cost-analysis determination or to choose the default rates established in the statute if calculating actual costs would be unduly burdensome. The gambling commission does not have the resources to conduct a study to determine actual costs and doing so would interfere with other essential functions of the agency, and therefore chooses to adopt the default rate established in statute to address the growing costs associated with public records requests.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: New WAC 230-21-016 Costs of providing public records.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 20-12-047 on May 28, 2020.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: July 21, 2020.
WAC 230-21-016Costs of providing public records.
(1) There is no fee for the inspection of public records.
(2) Pursuant to RCW 42.56.120
(2), we are not calculating all actual costs for copying records because to do so would be unduly burdensome for the following reasons:
(a) We do not have the resources to conduct a study to determine actual copying costs for all of our records; and
(b) To conduct such a study would interfere with other essential agency functions; and
(c) Through the 2017 legislative process, the public and requestors have commented on and been informed of authorized fees and costs, including for electronic records, provided in RCW 42.56.120
(2)(b) and (c), (3), and (4).
(3) We may charge fees for the production of copies of public records consistent with the fee schedule established in RCW 42.56.120
. The fee schedule also is published on our website at www.wsgc.wa.gov
and a copy of the fee schedule will be made available at agency headquarters listed in WAC 230-01-005.
(4) Before copying requested public records, we may require a deposit of up to ten percent of the estimated costs of copying all of the records. We may also require payment of the remainder of the copying costs before providing all of the records, or the payment of the costs of copying an installment before providing the installment.
(5) We may provide customized electronic access to public records if we estimate that the request would require the use of information technology expertise to prepare data compilations, or provide customized electronic access services when such compilations and customized access services are not used by us for any other agency purposes. We will charge the actual costs, including staff time, necessary to reimburse our agency for providing customized electronic access services.
(6) We will not release any requested copies of public records unless and until the requestor has paid all copying and other charges set forth in this section.
(7) Payment may be made by cash, check, or money order to the Washington state gambling commission. Cash payments must be in the exact amount and delivered to the physical address listed in WAC 230-01-005.
(8) We may waive fees for providing public records at the discretion of the director or director's designee. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis.