Dr. Martha Martin to be on Open Meetings Panel June 20 at the Vancouver Community Library

June 4, 2012

Free Public Forum to discuss access to Government Information

Dr. Martha Martin, past President of CCIA and current commissioner for East County Fire & Rescue

Does the public have the right to speak at a school board meeting?  Can the police withhold videos taken by a patrol car’s dashcam?  How does a citizen ask for a DOT record?

Answers to these and other perplexing questions will be found at the next Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG) event.

Martha Martin, PhD, past President of Concerned Citizens In Action and a current East County Fire & Rescue Commissioner will join three other panelists on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30pm in the new Vancouver Community Library, located at  901 C Street, Vancouver, Washington.

The panel of expert presenters will fuel the discussion on securing and preserving the public’s legal right to access the records and proceedings of the government agencies created to serve the people of the state. Public officials are urged to attend to reinforce their knowledge of their obligation to observe these laws.

Joining Martin are Kirkland City Council member and Washington Coalition of Open Government (WCOG) President Toby Nixon;  Assistant Attorney General Tim Ford; and State Archivist Jerry Handfield.  Brad Andersen of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, will moderate the event.

Nixon was recently awarded “Hero of the 50 States” by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Society of Professional Journalists at their conference in Madison, WI.

This is a WCOG event, and is also sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Clark County, Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, and Concerned Citizens In Action of Camas/Washougal.  This forum is free and open to all, and questions and comments from the audience are encouraged.

Toby Nixon
Jerry Handfield
Tim Ford
Martha Martin

The Washington Coalition for Open Government is a statewide non-partisan, nonprofit group of individuals and organizations dedicated to strengthening and preserving the public’s right to know what its government is doing.  The Coalition has presented a series of similar programs around the state to educate the citizens of Washington on their rights of access.

For more information, contact the Washington Coalition for Open Government, 6351 Seaview Av NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2664, phone 206.782.0393 or by email at info@washingtoncog.org.