Newsletter December 2017.

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High School Essay Contest Deadline Extended

Entries due Jan. 15, 2018

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WCOG Sets its 2018 Legislative Priorities

Laws governing the use of police body cameras and transparency in the legislature itself top the list of WCOG priorities for the 2018 legislative session in Olympia. Each year, WCOG identifies transparency issues that need legislative attention and then works to ensure those issues are addressed.
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Coalition Appreciates Your Support

As we look back on 2017, it hasn’t been a great year for our country. People in California are fleeing massive wildfires as folks in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico still try to recover from an ugly hurricane and flood season. Here at the Washington Coalition for Open Government, we understand the demands for your giving dollars are many and we deeply appreciate it when you consider us as potential beneficiaries. Here’s why donations to WCOG are a good idea.
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Legislators to be Honored with Ballard/Thompson Award


The Coalition will recognize open government efforts by two state legislators, Rep. Joan McBride (D-48) and Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-30), at an event to be scheduled during the 2018 legislative session.
The two sponsored two transparency-related bills that passed during the 2017 session.
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Madison/Andersen Awards Recognize Dedication

WCOG founding president Kris Passey, longtime board member and open government warrior William Crittenden and KING-TV investigative reporter Susannah Frame were honored in September at the annual fall Madison/Andersen breakfast.
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Support WCOG with Your Amazon Purchases this Holiday Season!

Contributors to the Washington Coalition for Open Government can stretch their donations with savvy shopping.
The Amazon online shopping mart will make a donation to the Washington Coalition for Open Government when you spend money at its site.
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WCOG Reopens High School Essay Contest

All high school students are encouraged to submit an entry in the Annual Scott Johnson High School Essay Contest. When last year’s contest failed to produce a winning essay, we extended the topic with a new deadline of January 15, 2018. The contest topic is:
“In what ways is it important for citizens to have access to government records and meetings, and what are the perils if citizens are denied access? Cite actual examples of benefits and perils to support your position.”
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