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Open Records Act forum Thursday at TNT

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on March 15, 2011 at 9:53 am with 4 Comments »
March 15, 2011 9:53 am

You couldn’t tell it by looking outside, but it’s Sunshine Week – an occasion to remember the importance of open government and freedom of information in our democracy.

To help mark the week, the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County is inviting the public to a forum on the state’s Open Public Records Act. It’s Thursday at 6:15 p.m. here at The News Tribune, 1950 S. State St. (We’re a co-sponsor, along with the Pierce County Public Library, ACLU of Pierce County, Tacoma Public Library and Washington Coalition for Open Government.)

A panel of experts will discuss the act and take questions from the audience. They are:

Tim Ford, the open government ombudsman, attorney general’s office

Toby Nixon, Washington Coalition for Open Government

Sean Robinson, News Tribune reporter

Russell Wood, state records manager

Refreshments will be served (sorry, no black-and-tans). Hope to see you here.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. tacomajoe says:

    Black-and-tans are not Irish. In fact, the term has a negative connotation in Ireland.

  2. John Henrikson says:

    You’re right, tacomajoe. The Irish don’t drink “Irish coffee” either. But you can order a black and tan at any Irish bar in America, including Kell’s, and they won’t take you to be a sympathizer of the RIC.

    Anyway, I thought we were talking about public records.

  3. Maybe we could set up a demonstration of how to perform the various steps of a disclosure request with the Trib playing the part of a government agency.

    Of course, the Trib would have to actually disclose its records so we could learn how to determine if it was in full compliance with the law.

  4. Oh, one more thing – America is NOT a democracy.

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