Legislature focuses on open government reforms
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.
- HB 2121: Concerning training public officials and employees regarding public records, records management, and open public meetings requirements
- HB 2202: Concerning the establishment of an open data policy to facilitate sharing and publication of government data
- HB 2369: Increasing legislative transparency by providing mandatory notice and waiting periods before legislative action, banning title-only bills, and opening all legislative committees to the public.
- HJR 4217: Amending the Constitution regarding the people's right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business
- SB 5964: Concerning training public officials and employees regarding public records, records management, and open public meetings requirements
- SJR 8214: Amending the state Constitution to state that the Governor is subject to public records requests.
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.