What is Open Government?

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You have the right to access government information

We the citizens, not the government, run the show. The Washington State Legislature wanted to make this clear by including the following statement in the open meetings and records laws:
"The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which 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 they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created.
" (RCW 42.30.010 and RCW 42.17.251)

Transparency and public participation are building blocks of good government.

A free and democratic society can work only if government works in the open. Access is what ensures that government officials will remain honest. It keeps us aware of how our taxes are spent and helps us decide whom to keep in office and whom to replace. It keeps the control of government in the hands of the people, not in the hands of government officials.

Shining the Light on Your Government

Educational material developed by Newspapers In Education in collaboration with the Washington Coalition for Open Government.
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