BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

Hmmm, It appears that the State of Washington believes that their officers of the court are entitled to more privacy than the rest of their citizenry.


BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

     { NEW SECTION. } Sec. 1. A person or organization shall not,
with the intent to harm or intimidate, sell, trade, give, publish,
distribute, or otherwise release the residential address, residential
telephone number, birthdate, or social security number of any law
enforcement-related, corrections officer-related, or court-related
employee or volunteer, or someone with a similar name, and categorize
them as such, without the express written permission of the employee
or volunteer unless specifically exempted by law or court order.


The bill goes on but more or less it is saying that while it will still be legal to print and publish names, addresses, phone numbers and other more personal but public information about the average Joe in Washington state, law enforcement officers’ personal but public information is protected.

It passed the state house and senate and is just waiting for the governor’s signature to become law. This is going to be interesting to see what constitutional arguments come out of this.

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