Key Award Winner Carl Hu

Bellevue resident Carl Hu used his tenacity and Washington state’s public-records laws to shine a light on an Everett nonprofit’s questionable business practices. The Internal Revenue Service later stripped the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund of its tax-exempt status, and the charity filed for bankruptcy.

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States Train Officials in Public Records Access

The PEW Charitable Trusts: November 24, 2014
By: Jenni Bergal

When Washington state Rep. Gerry Pollet took office in December 2011, one of the first things he said he did was start preparing a bill that would require open government training for public officials. As a citizen activist and public interest attorney, Pollet thought the... READ MORE >

Editorial: East Side’s inclusion in legislative hearing a good first step

The Spokesman-Review: November 20, 2014

A legislative committee meeting in Olympia will take testimony from three witnesses in Spokane on Friday morning in a history-making outreach to Washington citizens who live east of the Cascade Mountains. Eastern Washington legislators have complained for years that their constituents were shut out of a vital part of the lawmaking... READ MORE >

Editorial: The Public Records Act can be messy, but it’s your right

The Vidette: November 19, 2014
By: Steven Friederich

Requesting public records is easy. Responding to records can be messy. There’s a right way and a wrong way, and attitude is everything. City Attorney Dan Glenn tells me that in the two years I’ve been editor of The Vidette, staff have spent “hundreds of staff hours”... READ MORE >

Costly public-records requests may threaten SPD plan for body cameras

The Seattle Times: November 19, 2014
By: Jennifer Sullivan and Steve Miletich

Concerns about broad-reaching public-disclosure requests that officials say could cripple the city of Seattle financially and tie up employees for countless hours may result in the canceling of a plan to outfit Seattle police officers with body cameras. The city is within weeks... READ MORE >

UW regents move dinner meetings for public access

The Seattle Times: November 10, 2014
By: Katherine Long

Prompted by a legal challenge into whether its dinner meetings were truly open to the public, the University of Washington Board of Regents will no longer regularly be holding them at the off-campus home of UW President Michael Young, as has been its practice for many... READ MORE >

Massive public records requests cause police to hit pause on body cam programs

Crosscut: November 10, 2014
By: Bill Lucia

Steve Strachan is the chief of police in Bremerton, a city of about 39,000 located directly west of Seattle on the Kitsap Peninsula. A former King County sheriff with nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, Strachan currently has around 60 officers in his department. About two months... READ MORE >

Taxpayers on the hook for officials’ wrongful secrecy

The News Tribune: November 4, 2014

When public officials play fast and loose with open meetings and records laws, the public is often a two-time loser as a result. First, citizens are shut out of information that they’re entitled to by state law. Then taxpayers have to pick up the tab if someone decides to... READ MORE >

Judge: Liquor Board broke open-meetings law in work on pot rules

The Seattle Times: November 3, 2014
By: Cathy McLain

A judge says the Washington Liquor Control Board broke the state’s open public-meetings law 17 times as it began working on rules for the recreational-marijuana industry. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller issued the ruling Friday in a case brought by Arthur West, a critic... READ MORE >

Port commission approves open meetings defense costs

The News Tribune: October 28, 2014
By: John Gillie

The Port of Tacoma could pay up to $50,000 to defend its commission members against a lawsuit alleging they violated the state’s Open Meetings Act by holding confidential meetings with the Port of Seattle commissioners over a planned operations alliance. The commission unanimously approved last week... READ MORE >

Teachers’ attorney says investigative records should stay sealed

The Spokesman Review: October 28, 2014
By: Jim Camden

Spokane Public Schools should not release records of investigations into unproven allegations against two teachers, even if it removes their names, because identifying them from the documents is “just a baby step,” an attorney for the two teachers told the state Supreme Court. “Any reporter is going... READ MORE >

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