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Spin Control: Task force sends Legislature its thoughts on open records

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.


Shawn Vestal: No special treatment deserved by Legislators when it comes to open records

It’s the hardest thing for any of us to hear, let alone believe: You just ain’t that special.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Inslee says Shea shouldn’t be on task force; GOP leader says he’ll stay

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 …


Shawn Vestal: Legislature’s efforts to keep secrets from the public is shameful self-dealing

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. …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

No peeking: You can’t see Washington lawmakers records because of this law

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 …


Washington Legislature passes bill on police body cameras

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.


Police officer names would be kept secret under Virginia bill

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.


Eye on Boise: Seminars on open meetings, public records draw well

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 …


Idaho watching R-71 signature case

BOISE – Idaho has much at stake in Washington’s big U.S. Supreme Court case over whether referendum petition signatures should be public. “Our initiative and referendum statute is very similar …


Idaho has stake in Washington signatures case

Idaho has much at stake in Washington’s big U.S. Supreme Court case over whether referendum petition signatures should be public or not. “Our initiative and referendum statute is very similar …


Court exempts Wash. state judiciary from disclosure

The judiciary in Washington is exempt from public disclosure requirements under the state’s Public Records Act, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, creating what a critic called a “huge black …


Government transparency site launched in Idaho

A nonprofit group on Tuesday launched a new “government transparency” Web site designed to give anyone who’s interested details about state and local government spending in Idaho, from a mayor’s …


Open season on open records

OLYMPIA – Here are some of Washington’s government secrets: Preliminary drafts. Pesticide-poisoning reports. Complaints about embalmers. And the names of van-pool riders. Thirty-five years after Washington voters included open-records rules …