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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bill Proposed to Create "Office of Open Records"

A good idea.

But the devil is in the details.

If this bill attempted to take away citizens' right to enforce the Public Records Act or Open Public Meetings Act in court, it would be an abomination and will die a painful (legislative) death. The current draft does not take away access to courts. We will be watching. We have no reason to believe the Attorney General or State Auditor want to take away citizens' access to court, but local government lobbyists and others hostile to open government do.