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2021 House Bill 1068: Exempting election security information from public records disclosure
Introduced by Rep. Laurie Dolan (Olympia) (D) on January 11, 2021
Exempts from disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA) continuity of operations plans for election operations, security risk assessments, and other election security records. Exempts from disclosure under the PRA portions of records that contain information related to election security, operations, and infrastructure.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on January 11, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on January 21, 2021
Removes language that specifies that security risk assessments related to information regarding the public and private infrastructure and security of computer and telecommunications networks are exempt in their entirety; clarifies that the security audits and security risk assessments that are exempt are those which relate to physical security or cybersecurity of election operations or infrastructure; and states that the new election security exemptions do not include information or records.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jenny Graham (Spokane) (R) on February 24, 2021
Limits the duration of the new election-related exemptions provided under the bill to 24 months after the creation of a record.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Robert J. Sutherland (Granite Falls) (R) on February 24, 2021
Specifies that the election security exemptions under the act do not prohibit an audit which is authorized or required under the elections code from being conducted.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on February 24, 2021
(1) Removes the provision that exempts from public disclosure continuity of operations plans for election operations, security risk assessments, and other election security records. (2) Removes the provision that exempts from public disclosure portions of records that contain information related to election security, operations, and infrastructure. (3) Exempts from public disclosure computer software source code relating to cybersecurity protections or countermeasures of the state’s election management system.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Received in the Senate on February 26, 2021
Referred to the Senate State Government & Elections Committee on February 26, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 15, 2021

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