Requesting records from the Office of Lt. Governor
Disclosure of documents created by the Office of Lt. Governor is subject
to definitions and requirements set forth under
concerning the Public Records Act and
Chapter 44 – 14 of Washington Administrative Code
which describes model rules of the Public Records Act.
Requests for public records may be made to the Office of Lt. Governor
in writing by email or by
Please make requests to Brent Pendleton, public records officer, at
or to P.O. Box 40400, Olympia, WA 98504-0400.
Your request should include your name and contact information and the
specific records that you request, if possible.
Our policy is to provide records
in the format in which they exist. As a general rule there will not be
an access or duplication fee for public records that are available
electronically and requested in that format.
Fees may apply should you request paper copies.
The Office of Lt. Governor has adopted WAC 44-14-040 for the processing
of public records requests received by our office as follows:
(1) Providing "fullest assistance." The Office of Lt. Governor is
charged by statute with adopting rules which provide for how it will
"provide full access to public records," "protect records from damage or
disorganization," "prevent excessive interference with other essential
functions of the agency," provide "fullest assistance" to requestors,
and provide the "most timely possible action" on public records
requests. The public records officer or designee will process requests
in the order allowing the most requests to be processed in the most
(2) Acknowledging receipt of request. Within five business days of
receipt of the request, the public records officer will do one or more
of the following:
(a) Make the records available for inspection or
(b) If copies are requested and payment of a deposit
for the copies, if any, is made or terms of payment are agreed upon,
send the copies to the requestor;
(c) Provide a reasonable estimate of when records will
be available; or
(d) If the request is unclear or does not sufficiently
identify the requested records, request clarification from the
requestor. Such clarification may be requested and provided by
telephone. The public records officer or designee may revise the
estimate of when records will be available; or
(e) Deny the request.
(3) Consequences of failure to respond. If the Office of Lt. Governor
does not respond in writing within five business days of receipt of the
request for disclosure, the requestor should consider contacting the
public records officer to determine the reason for the failure to
(4) Protecting rights of others. In the event that the requested records
contain information that may affect rights of others and may be exempt
from disclosure, the public records officer may, prior to providing the
records, give notice to such others whose rights may be affected by the
disclosure. Such notice should be given so as to make it possible for
those other persons to contact the requestor and ask him or her to
revise the request, or, if necessary, seek an order from a court to
prevent or limit the disclosure. The notice to the affected persons will
include a copy of the request.
(5) Records exempt from disclosure. Some records are exempt from
disclosure, in whole or in part. If the Office of Lt. Governor believes
that a record is exempt from disclosure and should be withheld, the
public records officer will state the specific exemption and provide a
brief explanation of why the record or a portion of the record is being
withheld. If only a portion of a record is exempt from disclosure, but
the remainder is not exempt, the public records officer will redact the
exempt portions, provide the nonexempt portions, and indicate to the
requestor why portions of the record are being redacted.
(6) Inspection of records.
(a) Consistent with other demands, the Office of Lt.
Governor shall promptly provide space to inspect public records. No
member of the public may remove a document from the viewing area or
disassemble or alter any document. The requestor shall indicate which
documents he or she wishes the agency to copy.
(b) The requestor must claim or review the assembled
records within thirty days of the Office of Lt. Governor’s notification
to him or her that the records are available for inspection or copying.
The agency will notify the requestor in writing of this requirement and
inform the requestor that he or she should contact the agency to make
arrangements to claim or review the records. If the requestor or a
representative of the requestor fails to claim or review the records
within the thirty-day period or make other arrangements, the Office of
Lt. Governor may close the request and refile the assembled records.
Other public records requests can be processed ahead of a subsequent
request by the same person for the same or almost identical records,
which can be processed as a new request.
(7) Providing copies of records. After inspection is
complete, the public records officer or designee shall make the
requested copies or arrange for copying.
(8) Providing records in installments. When the request is for a large
number of records, the public records officer or designee will provide
access for inspection and copying in installments, if he or she
reasonably determines that it would be practical to provide the records
in that way. If, within thirty days, the requestor fails to inspect the
entire set of records or one or more of the installments, the public
records officer or designee may stop searching for the remaining records
and close the request.
(9) Completion of inspection. When the inspection of the requested
records is complete and all requested copies are provided, the public
records officer or designee will indicate that the Office of Lt.
Governor has completed a diligent search for the requested records and
made any located nonexempt records available for inspection.
(10) Closing withdrawn or abandoned request. When the requestor either
withdraws the request or fails to fulfill his or her obligations to
inspect the records or pay the deposit or final payment for the
requested copies, the public records officer will close the request and
indicate to the requestor that the Office of Lt. Governor has closed the
(11) Later discovered documents. If, after the Office of Lt. Governor
has informed the requestor that it has provided all available records,
the Office of Lt. Governor becomes aware of additional responsive
documents existing at the time of the request, it will promptly inform
the requestor of the additional documents and provide them on an
Revised April 23, 2009