Learn more about public records

  • Mon Jun 21st, 2010 9:21pm
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By Oscar Halpert Herald Writer

EDMONDS – The state’s public records and open meetings laws will be the subject of a free event 6 p.m. June 23 in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.

A panel of experts will lead the two-hour discussion about preserving the public’s legal right to public records and information.

The event is co-sponsored by the Washington Coalition for Open Government, a statewide, non-partisan, non profit organization.

Panelists include former state Rep. Toby Nixon; Tim Ford, assistant state attorney general; State Auditor Brian Sonntag; Jerry Handfield, state archivist. Neal Pattison, executive editor of The Herald, will moderate the discussion, which is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and The Herald.

“When it comes to individuals accessing public records, it’s really been a continual erosion,” said Nixon, president of the coalition’s board of directors. “There hasn’t been much in the way of strengthening public access.”

Every year, he said, the state Legislature adds exemptions to disclosure laws. Those exemptions pick away at the public’s ability to get access to public records, Nixon said.

The coalition sponsored a series of open records and public meetings forums around the state since 2008.

Oscar Halpert: 425-339-3429; ohalpert@heraldnet.com.

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For more information, call the Washington Coalition for Open Government at 206-782-0393 or e-mail info@washingtoncog.org.