Tag search results
Tags let us describe our content with keywords, making it easier to find what you're most interested in. Use the search box to look for tags, or explore our coverage with the lists below.
Task force on legislative public records send off its recommendations. The question remains whether the 2019 Legislature use them as a springboard to more transparency.
It’s the hardest thing for any of us to hear, let alone believe: You just ain’t that special.
Gov. Jay Inslee calls for Rep. Matt Shea to step down from the legislative Public Records Act task force, but the House’s top Republican says that’s not Inslee’s decision to make.
If Gov. Jay Inslee was not going to spend Monday vetoing the public records end-run the Legislature granted itself last week, at least he was doing the next best thing.
There’s a fascinatingly circular argument the attorneys for the Washington Legislature are making for why lawmakers should be allowed to keep the records of their activities secret from the public. Simplified, it goes like this: The people who write the law wrote laws exempting themselves from the law, so the law they wrote doesn’t apply to them.
When rejecting requests for everything from lawmakers’ daily calendars to emails to disciplinary reports, legislative attorneys routinely cite language quietly added more than two decades ago to Washington’s public records law.
Wondering what’s a public document, and what’s not? What’s supposed to be open? Since 2004, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Idahoans for Openness in Government (IDOG) have been holding open government workshops around the state to help answer these questions, and they’re coming to eastern Idaho this week...
Federal prosecutors in Las Vegas are pushing to keep evidence secret in the 2014 Cliven Bundy standoff case, arguing that Bundy backers would use names and information disclosed in evidence to target court officials and intimidate witnesses in the criminal case. Threats already have been received, they said. News media, including the Associated...
The Legislature has passed a bill that seeks to keep police body-camera videos available to the public while limiting broad requests for the footage.
Should the government be allowed to keep the names of police officers secret from the news media and public? A bill moving forward in Virginia would do that.
The 2015 State Integrity Investigation is out today, measuring hundreds of variables to compile transparency and accountability grades for all 50 states. The grades aren’t good; Alaska, which scored the best in the nation, earned a C, and only two other states earned better than...
More than 230 people throughout North Idaho attended open government seminars last week in Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Lewiston. Each of the sessions, sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government, was led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, and every attendee got the latest copies of his Idaho Open Meeting Law Manual and his Idaho Public Records Law Manual. Local and state government officials, reporters and editors, and interested citizens all were invited and turned out in force. “My hope is that even if we are not able to sing in tune, we recognize that there is a sheet of music,” Wasden told the capacity crowd of nearly 100 in Coeur d’Alene.