If the term “transparency” is getting a little shopworn in political parlance, maybe that’s because it’s heard so much yet demonstrated too little. The Washington Legislature could reverse that pattern, but indications from Olympia aren’t promising. Senate Bill 5419 would make it harder for lawmakers to rush measures through the process before the public – and even other members – know what’s happening. But the proposal has run into a dead end in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations and Elections, where Chairman Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, has decided to bottle it up.
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