In the ongoing quest to find a way to legally stop filling records requests from obnoxious inmates, Attorney General Rob McKenna is pushing two bills in the House and Senate that would allow a judge to rule the requests invalid if it seems they are done to harass and intimidate. Representatives and Senators dropped the bills, 1181 in the House and 5130 in the Senate, last month, and last night McKenna started rallying for public support.
"Our bills create high standard for governments seeking to enjoin harassing requests. Legitimate inmate requests for information regarding their cases, medical treatment or various other issues will continue to be filled. Our legislation is very narrowly tailored to address a limited number of harassing requestors who are using the [Public Records Act] improperly," McKenna said in a press release sent out last night.
McKenna's release includes data on their voluminous prison-based records requests. More below the jump:
I put a call in to see if they'll say who. If it isn't perpetual filer Allan Parmelee, then it seems he may have some competition for the title: Most Frustrating Inmate.
Of course, even if the laws get passed in the legislature, don't be surprised if a constitutional challenge follows right on its heels.