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Darkness on the Sunshine Committee

Post by David Seago on Sep. 1, 2007 at 6:25 am with No Comments »
September 1, 2007 6:25 am

It’s a feast for irony lovers. Gov. Chris Gregoire has refused to publicly divulge the names of some people she didn’t appoint to the Sunshine Committee.

The Sunshine Committee’s job is to see whether officials are refusing to publicly divulge too many things.

State law actually does extend confidentiality to people applying for public employment. That might be justifiable in cases where applicants may be putting their existing jobs at risk by applying for a new one.

But as Toby Nixon of the Washington Coalition for Open Government notes, the members of the Sunshine Committee aren’t paid. Two of them are working journalists. These are public employees?

Is Gregoire – no great champion of open government – trying to conceal the actual champions she did turn down? Just a thought. No, make that a suspicion.

Olympia attorney Greg Overstreet – who specializes in public access to government – isn’t amused. Here’s his take on Og-blog.

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