The First Annual “Open Government Year in Review 2008-2009” is now available for download.  The Year in Review collects articles on case developments and other open government issues during the last year.  Below is a partial list of articles.   Download your copy here.

Open Government Year in Review 2008-2009 partial table of contents:

Case Law Updates

  • Parmelee v. Clarke:  Court Holds Agencies Can Enforce Their Public Records Act Policies
  • RHA v. City of Des Moines:  Supreme Court Underscores the Requirement to Produce an Exemption Log Under the Public Records Act
  • Yousoufian v. Office of Ron Sims:  Supreme Court reverses the LARGEST court-assessed Public Records Act penalty in Washington State history – because it was TOO SMALL:  What agencies can learn
  • Sitterson v. Evergreen School Dist.:  Washington Adopts the Inadvertently Disclosing Doctrine for Privileged Records
  • Bellevue John Does v. Bellevue School Dist. No. 405:  The Supreme Court Re-Affirms Privacy Rights for Public Employees
  • West v. Thurston County:  Attorney Fee Bills Must Be Disclosed
  • West v. Port of Olympia:  All Deliberative Process Documents Must Be Disclosed After Decision Is Final
  • O’Neill v. City of Shoreline:  “Metadata” Is Subject to Disclosure
  • Clark v. Tri-Cities Animal Care & Control Shelter:  Is Your Independent Contractor Subject to the PRA?

Open Government legislative update

Articles on Open Government Issues

  • End the “Gotcha” Nature of the Public Records Act
  • Addressing the “executive sessions” question
  • The Open Public Meetings Act, “Serial” Meetings, and Email Exchanges
  • Five Issues You Should Consider Before You Decide to Use Your Personal Email or Personal Computer for Official Public Business
  • Lessons from Mesa:  Seven Tips to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by the Repeat Public Records Requester (updated 9/08)
  • Cautionary lessons from 2009 from around the country