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By Gene David Hart

Government still trying to curtail public records

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

Well, there they go again. State and local lawmakers continue to attack our Public Records Act, 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. One notable culprit of that gang is Washington State Representative Norm Johnson (14th Legislative District - Yakima).

I’m tired of people reaching into my wallet without my knowledge and permission and then preventing taxpayers from knowing about the spending. The good news: House Speaker Frank Chopp (43rd Legislative District- Seattle) killed that bill. The bad news: the issue won’t die.


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