Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Presenters discuss securing and preserving the public's legal right to access records

The Washington Coalition for Open Government and the League of Women Voters of Kittitas Valley will present a special program focusing on Washington’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, April 22 at the Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby Street in Ellensburg.

A panel of expert presenters will fuel the discussion on securing and preserving the public’s legal right to access the records and proceedings of the government agencies created to serve the people of the state. The panelists include: former State Representative Toby Nixon, Assistant State Attorney General Tim Ford, former Director of the Public Disclosure Commission Graham Johnson, and Cynthia Mitchell, Central Washington University professor of Communications. Todd Schaefer, head of the Political Science Department at CWU will moderate the discussion.

The forum is free and open to all, and questions and comments from the audience are welcome. This civic event is sponsored by the Daily Record.

The Washington Coalition for Open Government is a statewide non-partisan, non profit group of individuals and organizations dedicated to strengthening and preserving the public’s right to know what its government is doing. The Coalition has presented a series of similar programs around the state to educate the citizens of Washington on their rights of access.

For more information, contact the Washington Coalition for Open Government, 6351 Seaview Av NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2664, phone 206.782.0393 or by email at

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