Paul J. Lawrence, attorney for the Legislature, returns to his seat after addressing justices during a hearing before the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday, in Olympia. The court heard oral arguments in the case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to other elected officials under the voter-approved Public Records Act. The hearing before the high court was an appeal of a case that was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press. (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)

Paul J. Lawrence, attorney for the Legislature, returns to his seat after addressing justices during a hearing before the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday, in Olympia. The court heard oral arguments in the case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to other elected officials under the voter-approved Public Records Act. The hearing before the high court was an appeal of a case that was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press. (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)

Editorial: Don’t excuse state lawmakers from transparency law

The argument they’re already exempt is easily refuted and defies the intent of the Public Records Act.

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