Sharia Law Bill Correspondence

Teresa Ross filed this request with the Washington State Legislature of Washington.
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From: Swathi Shanmugasundaram

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting emails and other records of correspondence (including meeting notes, faxes, letters, and memos) sent to or from the following legislative member and their staff members: Sen. Benton

I am only requesting correspondence from the above with the following individuals and organizations:

The Center for Security Policy
Christopher Holton (Vice President of Outreach at CSP)
ACT for America
American Public Policy Alliance
Stephen Gele (President of APPA)

Please limit this request to documents generated between these dates: March 1, 2015 - March 1, 2017

If your email search and retrieval system is better configured for keywords searches, you may also search for emails and other communications that mention the above names (i.e., responsive records would be emails from the above legislators that include the term “Center for Security Policy” or “Christopher Holton”).

If you believe that this request is too broad or if you have questions or suggestions to reduce its burden, please let me know and I’m happy to discuss further.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Swathi Shanmugasundaram

From: Support, Internet

Thank you for contacting the Legislative Information Center. We have received your record request and have forwarded your request to the Secretary of the Senate.

Legislative Information Center
PO Box 40500
Olympia, WA 98504-0500
E-mail: support@leg.wa.gov<mailto:support@leg.wa.gov>
Web site: www.leg.wa.gov<http://www.leg.wa.gov/>
Hotline: 1-800-562-6000 ☼☼

Legislative Information Center employees are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.
This response to your inquiry is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

From: Gorrell, Jeannie

Dear Swathi Shanmugasundaram:

Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this letter responds to your public records request directed to the Legislative Information Center dated August 31. The Secretary of the Senate is the records custodian for the Senate, and my office routinely answers public records requests on the Secretary's behalf.

Generally, your request seeks documentation from the Senate concerning former Senator Don Benton’s correspondence. The pertinent language is:

“. . .emails and other records of correspondence (including meeting notes, faxes, letters, and memos) sent to or from the following legislative member and their staff members: Sen. Benton

I am only requesting correspondence from the above with the following individuals and organizations:

The Center for Security Policy
Christopher Holton (Vice President of Outreach at CSP)
ACT for America
American Public Policy Alliance
Stephen Gele (President of APPA)
Please limit this request to documents generated between these dates: March 1, 2015 - March 1, 2017”

Please note that a specific definition of “public records” applies to the Legislature. RCW 42.56.010(2) and RCW 40.14.100 define the scope of that term. The portions of those laws that are most relevant to your request are as follows:

“Public record" includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics. For the office of the secretary of the senate and the office of the chief clerk of the house of representatives, public records means legislative records as defined in RCW 40.14.100<http://wslsearch/wslrcw/RCW%20%2040%20%20TITLE/RCW%20%2040%20.%2014%20%20CHAPTER/RCW%20%2040%20.%2014%20.100.htm> and also means the following: All budget and financial records; personnel leave, travel, and payroll records; records of legislative sessions; reports submitted to the legislature; and any other record designated a public record by any official action of the senate or the house of representatives. (RCW 42.56.010)

"legislative records" shall be defined as correspondence, amendments, reports, and minutes of meetings made by or submitted to legislative committees or subcommittees and transcripts or other records of hearings or supplementary written testimony or data thereof filed with committees or subcommittees in connection with the exercise of legislative or investigatory functions, but does not include the records of an official act of the legislature kept by the secretary of state, bills and their copies, published materials, digests, or multi-copied matter which are routinely retained and otherwise available at the state library or in a public repository, or reports or correspondence made or received by or in any way under the personal control of the individual members of the legislature. (RCW 40.14.100)

Given these definitions, the Senate does not have any public records responsive to your request.

Senator Benton stepped down from the Senate at the end of 2016, and he may have submitted materials to the State archives. They have a number of indices and resources available to assist you with finding these materials and may also have suggestions for additional research. You may contact them at:

Archives & Records Management
P.O. Box 40238
Olympia, WA 98504-0238
(360) 586-1492
research@secstate.wa.gov

I am not certain that there are any relevant materials stored at State Archives, but you may want to contact them to check.

With this response, the Senate has fully complied with your request. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Jeannie Gorrell, Senate Counsel
Washington State Senate
401 Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40482
Olympia, WA 98504-0482
Phone: (360) 786-7514

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