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Emails and texts from state lawmakers are public records, judge rules

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Kim Malcolm talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the outcome of public records lawsuit against the Washington Legislature.

On Friday, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled that state lawmakers must comply with Washington's Public Records Act. The legal challenge against the legislature was brought by a coalition of news organizations, including the Northwest News Network, The Seattle Times, and The Associated Press.

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