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Freedom Foundation files access suit against Gov. Gregoire

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
October 25, 2011 9:20 am

The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based think tank with a right-of-center agenda, filed suit today against Gov. Chris Gregoire over her office’s use of executive privilege to shield public records from disclosure.

Foundation general counsel Michael Retiz said Gregoire’s office used the privilege to deny release of some 500 documents sought in 46 different records requests since 2007. The suit targets half a dozen instances where Freedom Foundation requests were rejected.

Gregoire’s spokeswoman Karina Shagren said they had not seen the suit.

The cases deal with Gregoire’s decision on a medical-marijuana policy, a briefing document on Columbia River issues, a draft memorandum of understanding as well as a meeting memorandum, both dealing with the tortured Alaskan Way Viaduct project in Seattle.

Here is TFF’s backgrounder on the case. Here is TFF’s log of denied requests.

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