State Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, speaks on the Senate floor in Olympia, Jan. 30. Pedersen introduced a bill Jan. 31 that he says moves the Legislature toward more transparency — but within limits. The move comes a year after Washington lawmakers tried to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act following a lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press, who asserted lawmakers were violating the law by not releasing emails, schedules and reports of sexual harassment. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

State Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, speaks on the Senate floor in Olympia, Jan. 30. Pedersen introduced a bill Jan. 31 that he says moves the Legislature toward more transparency — but within limits. The move comes a year after Washington lawmakers tried to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act following a lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press, who asserted lawmakers were violating the law by not releasing emails, schedules and reports of sexual harassment. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

Editorial: Bill falls short holding lawmakers to records act

It fails because it tries to make a distinction between state lawmakers and other public officials.

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