Newsletter September 2016.

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Madison Andersen Awards Breakfast September 23

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Earl-Hubbard, Witherspoon-Kelley and TNT’s Robinson to be Honored at September Event

Tickets are available now for the annual Madison/Andersen Awards Breakfast, when the Washington Coalition for Open Government honors outstanding advocates for open government. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.
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No Recognition for Legislator This Year

The WCOG board of directors decided to not present a 2016 Ballard/Thompson Award, which typically recognizes a member or members of the state legislature who demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of open government during the previous legislative session.
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WCOG Sues UW Over Alleged Public Meeting Violations

On the 45th anniversary of Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act, the Washington Coalition for Open Government filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court against the University of Washington Board of Regents and eight of its members, alleging OPMA violations that hampered public oversight of the university’s actions.
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Students Recognized for Essays About Body Cams

Three Pierce County students were recently named recipients of the 2016 Scott Johnson Open Government Essay Contest. Their essays were on the theme “Police body cams, dash cams, and a camera on every street corner: An invasion of privacy or a needed step toward accountability and safety?” and were chosen for honors among 23 entries.
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WCOG Appreciates GiveBIG Donations

The Washington Coalition for Open Government took in $12,175 in donations through the Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBIG event, which promotes online charitable giving in a one-day event in May.
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