Maybe the wisest thing state lawmakers did this year was require that Washington officialdom learn some fundamentals about open government.
All elected policymakers and records officers must now get formal training on the state’s Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act within 90 days of taking office. They also have to take a refresher every four years.
Here’s a quick primer from an open-government point of view:can must
“The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.
“The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected.
“In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act, the provisions of this chapter shall govern.”