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Tomorrow is the final day of the scheduled 60-day legislative session. We’ve been busy working on the House floor, sometimes late into the evening. We worked Saturday to vote on bills and...

March 7, 2018

In this opinion article, Rep. Terry Nealey explains his vote on the Legislative Public Records Act and his views about opening legislative records to the public while protecting constituent privacy.

March 3, 2018

The House and Senate took action Friday to pass a measure that would create a more open government in the Legislature than what currently exists, but would protect constituent privacy and...

Feb. 26, 2018

Due to a stalemate over tax increases and K-12 education funding, budget negotiators in the House and Senate were unable to reach an agreement on the 2017-19 operating budget before the end of...

May 16, 2017

Several years of work by Rep. Terry Nealey to find the right formula to reduce abusive, excessive public records requests while preserving open access to government records came to a culmination...

May 16, 2017

After years of work to make changes to the state’s Public Records Act, Rep. Terry Nealey’s bill to implement a nominal fee for electronic public records passes the Legislature and is...

April 11, 2017

Rep. Terry Nealey talks about his involvement in working to make changes to the state’s Public Records Act to ensure open public access while reducing vexatious requests.

Feb. 14, 2017

We are coming to the end of the fourth week of the scheduled 105-day legislative session in Olympia. I wanted to provide this update. A new look to the 16th District...

Feb. 2, 2017

When the Public Records Act became law in 1972, Washingtonians wanted openness and transparency at all levels of state and local government. They also wanted to ensure citizens “do not give their public...

Feb. 1, 2017

Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, and Rep. Joan McBride, D-Kirkland, talk with House Democratic Broadcast Coordinator Dan Frizzell about bipartisan efforts to reform the state’s Public Records Act to ensure timely access...

Jan. 30, 2017