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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Olympian Editorial on the Bill to Curb Attorneys' Fee and Penalty Awards in Public Records Act Cases

The Olympian writes this editorial on Senate Bill 6408, which would make attorneys' fee awards to successful requestors optional and would require any penalties obtained to be "donated" to the state.

The editorial quotes Allied Law Group's Greg Overstreet on the effect of SB 6408:

“It will gut the Public Records Act,” said Greg Overstreet, former public records ombudsman and an attorney in private practice. “Love ’em or hate ’em, it takes lawyers to enforce this law and they need to be paid. The law doesn’t enforce itself.”