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If a record I requested is denied, what are my options?
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Review of Denials of Public Records

1. Requesting a review of denials of public records. RCW 42.56.520 allows for review of denials of public records. Any person who objects to the initial denial or partial denial of a records request may petition in writing to the City Clerk's office for a review of that decision. The petition shall include a copy of, or reasonably identify, the written statement denying the request.

2. Consideration of petition for review. The public records officer or his/her designee will immediately consider the petition and either affirm or reverse the denial within two business days following the City Clerk's office receipt of the petition, or within such other time as the City Clerk's office and the requestor mutually agree to.
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