Northwest Now is committed to annual programs on the topic of open government. This effort includes regular discussions about Washington's public records act (PRA) and open public meetings act (OPMA) - both of which relate directly to the exercise of effective and transparent governance. While our mission certainly calls for an evenhanded approach to all issues, advocating for open government is so fundamental to Democracy and a meaningful discussion of public affairs, logic dictates that we support and regularly publicize the values enshrined in the PRA and the OPMA.
Lawmakers latest efforts to water-down Washington's open records and open meetings acts.
We discuss several pieces of new legislation that affect your right to know.
Your right to public records is under regular attack and you might be surprised by whom.
The Washington Coalition for Open Government is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works through the courts and the Legislature to defend and strengthen Washington's open government laws. KBTC Managing Editor Tom Layson is the producer/host of Northwest Now and a proud member of the Washington Coaltion for Open Government. To learn more about WCOG, please visit www.washingtoncog.org.
Northwest Now's annual program on government transparency typically airs just prior to the kickoff of Sunshine Week. While Sunshine Week is traditionally viewed as a newspaper-centric exercise, Northwest Now believes that the silos between media type are less meaningful in an era of multi-platform distribution, and additionally, that values matter more than fiefdoms, and that all communication is additive - contributing to a more vibrant and responsive Democracy. Sunshine Week is a program created by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Gridiron Club and Foundation. Learn more at www.sunshineweek.org.