Legislature focuses on open government reforms

January 22, 2014

The people's right to know has received a serious shot in the arm this session with numerous open government bills under consideration. The Attorney General's proposals to require training of government officials have already received executive action in the House and public hearings in the Senate. Several bills have also been introduced to make more budget related information available online. Now come proposals to require the Legislature to provide more opportunity for the public to participate in the legislative debate and ensure the public records act applies to the records of the Governor and Legislature.

Here are some of the open government reforms that have been introduced:

Prior to session starting legislative leaders discussed how, if at all, the state's open government laws should apply to the Legislature. Here is video of their comments.

Along with giving these open government reforms serious consideration, hopefully lawmakers will also continue to explore opportunities for remote testimony options for citizens.