How Washington State uses Legislative privilege to stifle Right to Know

November 19, 2012 2:00 PM

From Sunlight Foundation:

When approved by the voters in 1972, the Public Records Act granted government only 10 exemptions from public disclosure. Since then, more than 300 exemptions have been added. State courts have further weakened the public’s access to information with various legal rulings.
 
Along with the Public Records Act, citizens are provided access to the activities of government through the state Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). ...
 
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Due to the massive expansion in the number of exemptions from public disclosure and numerous violations of the Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, as identified by the State Auditor in his 2008 Performance Audit, meaningful open-government reforms are needed to restore the people’s power to remain “informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created.”