Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Roger Harnack

Gov. Inslee suspends portions of public meetings, records acts

Move comes after Eyman challenges restrictions on right to keep and bear arms


March 26, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA - With no fanfare or disclosure, Gov. Jay Inslee quietly amended a month-old coronavirus-related proclamation, so that it now strips residents and news organizations of the right to attend public meetings and review public records in person.

The move came just a day after Tim Eyman, a gubernatorial candidate challenging Inslee for his seat, attended the Bellingham City Council meeting to object to an effort to restrict the right of residents to keep and bear arms in connection with Inslee's order and in violation of the federal Stafford Act.

It also came a day after Inslee declared...

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