Washington: Legislative financial disclosure ranking


Rank: 2     |     Points: 92.5     |     Grade: A

Public Disclosure Commission

Requires financial disclosure filing?Yes1 
Requires complete financial disclosure filing (no update)?No0 
Requires financial disclosure filing annually?Yes1 
Requires complete financial disclosure filing for candidates?Yes1 
Employment information required?Yes5 
Employment information not narrowly defined?Yes5 
Employer/business name required?Yes5 
Employment job title required?Yes2 
Employer description required?No0 
Value range/income amount required?Yes5 
Spouse employment information required and clear?Yes5 
Officer/director information required?Yes4 
Officer/director information not narrowly defined?Yes4 
Officer/director entity name required?Yes4 
Officer/director entity description required?Yes2 
Spouse officer/director information required and clear?Yes4 
Investment information required?Yes3 
Investment information not narrowly defined?Yes3 
Investment entity name required?Yes3 
Investment entity description required?Yes1Half point awarded because filers not required to describe company where stock is held.
Investment value range/holding amount required?Yes3 
Spouse investment information required and clear?Yes3 
Client information required?Yes2Filers also required to report payments from governmental unit, which does not factor into points for this question.
Client name required?Yes2 
Client value range/income amount required?Yes1Half point awarded because filers required to report income amount/value range from government unit in which filer seeks or holds office.
Spouse client information required and clear?Yes2 
Real-property information required?Yes2 
Real-property information not narrowly defined?No0Change from 2006: Threshold triggering disclosure went up to $10,000 from $7,500.
Real-property value range/amount required?Yes2 
Spouse real-property information required and clear?Yes2Although spouse real property is not clearly indicated, this is a "community property" state, meaning that any property reported is jointly owned.
Spouse name required?Yes2 
Dependent name required?Yes0.5Filers required to report dependent name only if have reportable interests.
Financial disclosure filings in central office?Yes1 
Lawmakers not forwarded reviewer information?Yes1 
In-person appearance not required to obtain filings?Yes1 
Copy fees less than 50 cents per page?Yes1 
Blank disclosure form available on Web?Yes1 
Disclosure filings available electronically or on the Web in any format?Yes3 
Late-filing penalties on the books?Yes1 
Misfiling penalties on the books?Yes1 
State has auditing authority?Yes1 
State routinely reviews filings for accuracy and completeness either through formal audit process or informal review process?Yes1Change from 2006: State now has an annual process that reviews a sampling of filers for completeness.
State published list of delinquent filers on Web or in printed document?Yes1