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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Callaghan Column on Taping Bill

Peter Callaghan, Tacoma News-Tribune columnist, explains the pros and cons (mostly pros) of the taping bill. Says Callaghan:

"But under current law, residents who suspect a violation are required to prove the nearly unprovable – that something they didn’t see and can’t find out about was illegal.

"Unless someone admits to a violation, challengers are left to build a circumstantial case. For example, if they don’t see a public discussion before the governing body votes, they have to assume either that no discussion took place – legal but unseemly – or that the discussion was held in executive session – illegal and unseemly."