Sidebar: Fundamental, or on the chopping block?

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Our state's Public Records Act, long a point of pride for Washingtonians, opens with a flourish: "The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them."

This month in SIDEBAR, an exclusive monthly dispatch from inside our newsroom just for InvestigateWest members, Kim Drury calls up the folks in charge of that Act.

For decades, the Public Records Act has protected Washingtonians’ right to know and the Public Disclosure Commission has been there to ensure that the law’s provisions are met.

Now cuts threaten the Commission’s work. Three of 18 positions may be eliminated, and there is no money budgeted to keep up with new technology...

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