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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

City of Seattle Support for Taping Bill

Mike Fancher's blog describes the Seattle City Council's support for the taping bill.

The Seattle Times editorializes on this, asking other councils why they don't join Seattle. (P.S.: Notice the html address of the editorial, which includes "seaopened"--as in miracle, which was our reaction to the City of Seattle announcing its support for the taping bill.)

This bill must be a good idea if it enjoys support from a diverse coalition like the City of Seattle, Pierce County, the Attorney General and State Auditor (both of different political parties), just about every newspaper in the state, and the House Majority Leader and the House Minority Leader (also of different parties).

Arguments against the taping bill? It would require too many reel-to-reel tapes. And it would "chill" council members' speech--that is, speech that by law must occur in public not private.