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RECORDS: Lawmakers try to reduce public access

Letter by Gene David Hart, Bremerton on July 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm with No Comments »
July 23, 2013 3:19 pm

Well, there they go again. State and local lawmakers continue to attack our Public Records Act, which helps ensure the public’s right to know what our governments are doing.

For example, in our state House, a sizable number of representatives – let’s say the Gang of 26 – sponsored House Bill 1128. Five notable culprits of that gang are state Reps. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup; Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor; Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma; and Tami Green, D-Lakewood.

I’m tired of people reaching into my wallet without my knowledge and permission, and then preventing taxpayers from knowing about the spending. The good news: House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, killed that bill. The bad news: he issue won’t die.

Attacking the public’s right to know is alive and well, energized by $25,000 more tax spending tucked into our state’s 2013-2014 budget, paying for a university study of that issue. The $25,000 is legislation and tax spending passed by House and Senate, then approved and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

What? State and local lawmakers, unchecked, spend thousands more taxpayers’ dollars to reduce our right to know what our governments are doing? Outrageous.

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