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September 21, 2007
Attorney General Rob McKenna wins open government award

OLYMPIA…The Washington Coalition for Open Government awarded Attorney General Rob McKenna with the Key Award during its annual awards breakfast today at the Washington Athletic Club.

The Washington Coalition for Open Government promotes and defends Washington’s open government laws and practices. The Key Award recognizes people or organizations that have made a notable difference in the fight for open government each year.

“I am honored to receive this award for promoting openness and accountability in government,” McKenna said. “The Washington Coalition for Open Government is the state’s most important leader in championing this cause.”

McKenna has made government accountability, open records and access top priorities of his administration. In 2006, the Attorney General’s Office created the model rules for paper records. Designed to reduce litigation and assist smaller local governments and citizen requestors, the model rules were adopted and published in the Washington Administrative Code. In 2007, at the request of the Legislature, McKenna adopted model rules for electronic records. The model rules are best practices to assist requestors and agencies.

McKenna proposed legislation earlier this year leading to the creation of the “Sunshine Committee.” The Committee will review exemptions to the Public Disclosure Act on an annual basis and make recommendations to repeal or amend exemptions.


Media Contacts: J. Ryan Shannon, Media Relations Manager, (360) 753-2727


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