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Eye On Olympia

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Attorney General Rob McKenna has memorably described the slow creep of exemptions to public disclosure laws as a coral-like "accretion" that grows slowly, steadily -- and is very hard to get rid of.

Former state Rep. Toby Nixon, an outspoken proponent of open government, has compiled a list of proposed laws that would affect open records or open meetings. Among them:

-HB 2099: Would conceal information related to the Department of Health's "certificate of need" program, which determines which hospitals and other health-care facilities can expand and where.
-HB 2100: Would exempt information obtained by a newly proposed "Health Resources Strategy Commission."
-HB 2150: Would allow a new "Judicial Nominating Commission" to decide for itself which of its meetings would be open to the public.
-HB 2255 and HB 2277: Would exempt initiative and referenda petitions from public disclosure
-and SB 6076: Would allow police investigative records to be forever sealed after one year, if no action is taken on the investigation.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.