Freedom Of Information Legislation
The Indiana General Assembly came close, but failed this year to pass a valuable new state law that would have improved public access to public records.
The Northwest Indiana Committee for Better Government is on the right track in choosing three bills that should become law in this legislative session. The narrow focus on achievable reforms should help the group succeed in its quest for improvement in local government.
To gain and maintain the trust of the public, government must be open and transparent in the way it conducts the public's business. If government officials huddle behind closed doors or refuse to release public records, they won't enjoy the public's trust. And trust is a necessity to govern.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Legislature might make the state's Freedom of Information Act less open.
Glenwood officials are considering whether to publish a list of those who request public information. This is an attempt to punish those who make the requests.
Sunshine Week is a perfect time to examine the state of public access to government. Unfortunately, too many public officials remain opaque when it comes to government transparency.
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