The intent of the Public Disclosure Law cannot be satisfied unless reports are filed timely and accurately.

If the Commission finds an agency in violation of the law -- whether it be for non-reporting, late or inaccurate reporting, or for violating other provisions of the law -- it may impose a penalty of up to $10,000 per violation unless the parties stipulate otherwise. The Commission also has authority to refer certain violations for criminal prosecution.

In addition to the penalties described above, the Commission may assess personal civil penalties in these circumstances:

  • A state agency director who knowingly fails to file an L-5 when required shall be subject to a personal civil penalty of $100 dollars per statement.

A state agency official, officer, or employee who is responsible for, or knowingly directs or spends public funds in violation of RCW 42.17A.635(2) or (3) may be personally subject to penalties equal to the amount of public funds spent