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Bills should keep public in the know


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2014

~~<p>Open meetings and open records laws tend to be the province of journalists and public-interest organizations, and proposals to change them rarely inspire much popular reaction, spirited or otherwise. Rules about when officials can meet and how transparently they conduct business elicit a big ho-hum from most.</p>
<p>The reality, however, is that anything that adds secrecy to government actions does have a ripple effect. It typically shows up when some unwanted decision is made, too late for public engagement of almost any intensity to change.</p>
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Open meetings and open records laws tend to be the province of journalists and public-interest organizations, and proposals to change them rarely inspire much popular reaction, spirited or otherwise. Rules about when officials can meet and how transparently they conduct business elicit a big ho-hum from most.

The reality, however, is that anything that adds secrecy to government actions does have a ripple effect. It typically shows up when some unwanted decision is made, too late for public engagement of almost any intensity to change. Login for more...



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