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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial on Technology and Open Meetings

This editorial from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin discusses email and Facebook and how they can make quick decisionmaking for local elected officials a little too easy.

The U-B is exactly right. Efficiency is not the goal here.

The Open Public Meetings Act is designed to make decision making open to the public, even if this is less efficient than deciding business in a few clicks of the mouse. This is counterintuitive in our go-go fast-fast world. But it's the law. And there's a good reason for it.