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Tag: public records


RECORDS: Lawmakers try to reduce public access

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

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PDC: Sunshine Committee equally important

Re: “Citizens should update, fund Public Disclosure Commission” (column, 8-28)

Peter Callaghan makes a valid point that Public Disclosure Commission should be funded and be active.

Another side of the picture concerns the Public Records Accountability (Sunshine) Committee.

It is certainly in the public’s interest for the PDC to publish the record of candidates’ funding sources to show which special interest groups heavily support a particular person and in turn expect support from that person for legislation favorable to the supporting group.

It is equally as important that public records and meetings be open for scrutiny of the taxpayer.

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