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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Quicker and Cheaper Way to Enforce Open Gov't Laws?

This piece by Jason Mercier at the Washington Policy Center and this story from The Olympian describe the work of a task force set up by the Attorney General and State Auditor to study the creation of an administrative body that, like small claims court, decides Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act cases quickly and cheaply--without having to go to court.

However, and this is extremely important, citizens could still go to court for enforcement. The administrative body would be an option.

Here is an editorial on the topic from the Spokesman-Review.