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Key Award Winner Laurie Rogers

“It’s never been about being a pain in the neck.” ----Laurie Rogers, WCOG 2013 Key Award Recipient

Laurie Rogers was concerned that her daughter and friends were getting frustrated and bored with a new mathematics curriculum at their school. When Rogers decided to research the new curriculum, it lead to several years of searching, years of stalling, and, eventually, to a court case.

Laurie Rogers story is one example of how important it is for citizens to have access to information from their public officials. WCOG continues to work with people like Laurie Rogers so that if you ever need access to information, you will have it. We need your support to continue this fight.
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Transparency and public participation are building blocks of good government.

The Coalition was formed to act as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated promoting and defending the People's right to know in matters of public interest and in the conduct of the public's business. The Coalition's driving vision is to help foster open government processes, supervised by an informed and engaged citizenry, which is the cornerstone of democracy.

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Whether to raise taxes to fund state employee contracts sticking point in budget debate

Washington Policy Center: April 7, 2015
By: Jason Mercier

Now that the House and Senate have approved their versions of the 2015-17 budget, legislative budget negotiators will be hard at work trying to come to an agreement before the end of session on April 26. While both budgets are fairly close on overall education and... READ MORE >

State Military Department paying $110,000 to settle public records suit

The Olympian: April 1, 2015
By: Adam Ashton

The state Military Department has agreed to pay $110,000 to a Seattle attorney and a King County activist to settle a long-running public records lawsuit centered on the Washington National Guard’s counterdrug task force. Marijuana activist John Worthington of Renton and attorney William Crittenden sought the release... READ MORE >

Audit finds gaps in SPD’s public-disclosure unit

The Seattle Times: March 18, 2015
By: Mike Carter

An audit of the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) Public Disclosure Unit has found an antiquated and inefficient system that is risking legal liability and endangering the public trust, according to a report presented Wednesday to the City Council. City Auditor David Jones released a 29-page council-ordered... READ MORE >

Report: Transparent & Accountable Budgets

U.S.PIRG: March 18, 2015
By: U.S PIRG Education Fund

Every year, state governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that the public can trust that state funds are spent as well as possible.... READ MORE >

Coalition, business leaders fear Cap-and-Trade will cost jobs, increase prices

TC Journal of Business: March 18, 2015
By: Mary Coffman

The owner of one of the largest family-owned companies in Washington state said Gov. Inslee’s carbon cap-and-trade plan tax plan will cost jobs and may push companies like his out of state. “It’s already made it through one committee and is gaining a lot of... READ MORE >

Let the Sunshine In: Good Government & Public Records Requests

ELGL: March 16, 2015
By: Bridget Doyle and Sam Taylor

At some point in our careers with local government, we all will have to work on responding to a public records request. That might mean being a public records officer yourself, pulling emails to send to someone else for review, helping a co-worker with a... READ MORE >

Tom Layson Sunshine Week Interview with Toby Nixon

KBTC: March 13, 2015

In this edition of Northwest Now, we discuss several pieces of new legislation that affect your right to know, and the broader issues surrounding the continuing efforts to keep government transparent. Guests include Washington Coalition for Open Government President Toby Nixon, News Tribune Reporter Sean Robinson, and Assistant Attorney General for... READ MORE >

Public Records Requests: How Big Is Too Big?

KUOW: February 13, 2015
By: Ross Reynolds & Kate O’Connell

Ross Reynolds speaks with Toby Nixon, president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, about the possible impact of a large public records request from local computer programmer Tim Cleman, who asked the email communication from every state agency. Read More>> READ MORE >

Lawmakers look to divert public-records awards

The Olympian: February 12, 2015
By: Lavendrick Smith

Arthur West has spent much of the last 20 years in battles with agencies that have fumbled or denied his requests for public records. The Olympia man’s latest win was a $187,000 settlement from the Port of Olympia to, in part, drop a pair of public-records lawsuits.... READ MORE >

Can Open Government Be Too Open?

Government Technology: February 9, 2015
By: Colin Wood

The mass records requester from Washington state has struck again. Computer programmer Tim Clemans is making new headlines in the state after asking every state agency to publicly release all emails that don’t require redaction. Clemans first gained attention in November when he anonymously made mass video requests... READ MORE >

Washington Policy Center Annual Legislative Briefing

TVW: February 2, 2015

WPC 2015 Annual Legislative Briefing/Lunch — discussion on issues include small business, environment, health care, state budget/government reform, transportation, education, WAVotes. Read More>> READ MORE >

Top open government award going to Sen. Fain

The Olympian: January 26, 2015
By: Walter Neary

State Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn will be honored Monday evening with the highest legislative award the Washington Coalition for Open Government can bestow. The award celebrates your right to know what government is doing or thinking of doing. Every year WashCOG selects a state lawmaker dedicated... READ MORE >

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