In order to implement the provisions of RCW 42.17 requiring agencies to enact reasonable rules to protect public records from damage or disorganization, the following rules have been adopted.
(1) Copying of public documents shall be done by department personnel and under the supervision of said personnel, upon the request of members of the public under the procedures set down in WAC 240-20-046
, and with the approval of the clerk of the committee.
(2) No document shall be physically removed by a member of the public from the area designated by the department for the public inspection of documents for any reason whatever.
(3) When a member of the public requests to examine an entire file or group of documents, as distinguished from a request to examine certain individual documents which can be identified and supplied by themselves, the committee shall be allowed a reasonable time to inspect the file to determine whether information protected from disclosure by RCW 42.17.310
is contained therein, and the committee shall not be deemed in violation of its obligation to reply promptly to requests for public documents by reason of causing such an inspection to be performed.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 47.66
RCW. WSR 94-10-030 and 94-11-081, § 240-20-050, filed 4/28/94 and 5/16/94, effective 5/1/94 and 5/16/94.]