Judge Chris Lanese talks with attorneys during a hearing in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia, in October. Lanese, last week, ruled in favor of a media coalition that sought to apply the state Public Records Act to state legislators. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press file photo)

Judge Chris Lanese talks with attorneys during a hearing in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia, in October. Lanese, last week, ruled in favor of a media coalition that sought to apply the state Public Records Act to state legislators. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press file photo)

Editorial: Judge rightly applies records law to legislators

As the very name implies, the Public Records Act, first adopted in 1972, applies to state lawmakers.

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