WSR 16-08-111
[Filed April 5, 2016, 2:34 p.m.]
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The attorney general's office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s):
Opinion Docket No. 16-04-01
Request by Marcus Riccelli, Representative, District 3
1. Does RCW 42.23.070(4) restrict public officials from disclosing information shared during meetings conducted as executive sessions under the Open Public Meetings Act? If so, does the statute categorically prohibit disclosure, or is its reach limited to "confidential information"? If limited, how should public officials define "confidential information"?
2. If RCW 42.23.070(4) does prohibit public officials from disclosing information exchanged during executive sessions, would a violation of that prohibition constitute a misdemeanor under RCW 42.20.100 ("Failure of duty by a public wrongful conduct") and/or "official misconduct" under RCW 9A.80.010?