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Washington State Debating Bill on Release of Police Personal Data

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A bill to exempt disclosure of personal information of law enforcement officials – home addresses, phone numbers, property and tax records and dates of birth – has touched off a heated debate in Washington state. It’s sponsor says it will protect people employed to protect the public but open government and media groups argue there’s sufficient protection in current law covering all state and local employees and police have yet to present a single example of harm harassment. (1/28/08)