New watchdog effort targets government secrecy in Wash.
(KOMO TV Seattle © 05/26/2008)
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Call them Washington's newest sheriffs of "sunshine." After nearly a decade of public-interest law focused mainly in the Spokane area, the nonprofit Center for Justice has launched a new statewide campaign targeting illegal secrecy in government. The left-leaning group's first volley of lawsuits - against five local governments accused of open-meetings law violations - has generated three settlements, along with hurrahs from open-government activists across the political spectrum.