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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Spokesman-Review Editorial on Death of Taping Bill

This Spokesman-Review editorial places the blame (or credit?) for killing the taping bill squarely where it belongs: local governments' army of lobbyists. Says the Spokesman-Review:

"A bill in Olympia that would have required government officials to record closed-door meetings has succumbed to behind-the-scenes lobbying on behalf of the very people who would have been held accountable.

"The culprits are nameless. The full legislative body did not have to go on the record with a vote.

"While the forces of secrecy – that would be just about every governmental body in the state – can congratulate themselves on a clean kill with few fingerprints, voters might want to ask them what was so objectionable in the first place."