Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Oct 15 2009
OLYMPIA… The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed and granted an immediate stay of a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking the release of Referendum 71 petitions containing the names and addresses of those who signed the measure.
Sep 11 2009
The state Attorney General’s Office, in consultation with the Secretary of State’s office, today announced it will appeal a preliminary injunction granted yesterday in federal court. The injunction blocks the release of the names and addresses of those who signed Referendum 71.
Aug 28 2009
State Attorney General Rob McKenna and state auditor Brian Sonntag are teaming up once again to increase access to government information through public records and open public meetings.
Apr 24 2009
OLYMPIA – As state legislators prepare to head home, Attorney General Rob McKenna was gratified that many of his consumer protection, community safety, and open government priorities had been approved by the Legislature. Some have already been signed into law and others await the Governor’s signature.
Sep 12 2008
OLYMPIA--Attorney General Rob McKenna and 12 other Republican state attorneys general this week applied a little peer pressure to Republican senators, urging them to support a  law that limits the federal government’s ability to force reporters to reveal their confidential sources.
Jun 26 2008
Attorney General Rob McKenna and Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler successfully rallied 39 of their fellow state attorneys general to join them in urging Senate leaders to support the Free Flow of Information Act (S. 2035). The act recognizes a qualified reporter’s privilege and brings federal law in line with the laws of 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Mar 19 2008
Access to government information is crucial in an information age. Sunshine Week is much, much more than an opportunity for policymakers and newspapers to talk about open government.Sunshine Week is the time for the public to remind government officials that the work they do matters. People care and they want to be informed.
Mar 18 2008
Wins and losses in the field of open government should be carefully tallied. Every citizen should know where their elected leaders stand on these issues and should urge them to support transparency at every opportunity.That is the spirit of Sunshine Week.
Mar 18 2008
The recent Sunshine Week poll indicates that more than 90 percent of respondents feel open government is important both at the state and local levels.  Let’s use technology in our favor and increase transparency for those we serve
Mar 17 2008
As both Attorney General and a former King County Council member, I have always believed in the core principle of transparency in government as a means of building trust and demonstrating accountability...Let’s use technology in our favor and increase transparency for those we serve.

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