State lawmakers shift toward openness
Slew of bills filed to improve transparency
In past years, most bills filed by state lawmakers in the first few months of a new General Assembly were aimed at curtailing the public’s right to know.
But lawmakers in this latest General Assembly sworn in Jan. 9 have broken with past practice and are on a transparency kick.
About 20 bills have been filed this year that seek to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act and other laws mandating that government be accountable to the public.
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