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Gregoire changes course, releases "Sunshine" applications

Associated Press - September 7, 2007 5:55 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Governor Chris Gregoire has changed her mind about keeping some "Sunshine Committee" applications secret.

The governor released the documents to The Associated Press this week, about a week after saying she would keep them under wraps.

The 20 pages of resumes, letters and e-mails deal with seven unsuccessful "Sunshine Committee" applicants. Gregoire first asked those people if they would object to releasing the information, but nobody did.

The Sunshine Committee is reviewing exemptions to the state Public Records Act, which details how government information should be shared with the public.

Gregoire initially said an exemption dealing with applications for state employment allowed her to keep the "Sunshine Committee" records secret.

Toby Nixon is the acting president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. He says Gregoire is making the right move by releasing the applications.

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