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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Seattle Times Editorial on Taping Bill

The Seattle Times writes this. It says, in part:

"Lobbyists for local governments, which mostly oppose the bill, offer arguments that are stupefying. Oh, it's too costly. Can you imagine? Making that argument in this digital age. Gosh, the recordings might fall into the wrong hands. Well, don't you lock up sensitive documents that are exempt from disclosure? False arguments, all."

In addition to the above editorial is this blog posting from Seattle Times editor at large Mike Fancher. It addresses the other argument against the taping bill--that it would have a "chilling effect" on discussion in an executive session. Asks Fancher:

"Is this fight really about the bill's possible chilling effect or the potential for turning up the heat on inappropriate executive sessions?"