The Washington State Public Information Officer Act (PIOA) is the state’s public information act.
The law requires public agencies to provide information about a person who has a public interest in the public’s welfare, even if the information is about a private person.
It is important to note that the act does not require a person to disclose their name, address, or other identifying information.
The act also does not prohibit public agencies from using private information for other purposes.
The PIOA is currently being reviewed by the Washington Legislature, and is currently the subject of a public records request.
However, the public can get more information by contacting the Office of the PIOH Office of Legislative Counsel at 206-942-7020 or contacting the Legislative Counsel’s Office.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries has an FAQ about PIOAs.