Monday, September 24, 2007

Death by Committee: Open Meetings Study goes nowhere

All those who opposed the law making open records and open meetings laws stronger knew that if they could stall the proposed law and get the effort diverted into a "study committee" it would die. Apparently their strategy has worked. As usual, most of the opposition comes from taxpayer funded associations of government officials.


Gibson and Fletcher both said the panel appears to have moved from its original task, which they saw as making government more open to citizens.

"It seems like everyone comes to the table with their own ideas. I guess I shouldn't be surprised," said Fletcher. "My concern is that the focus on citizens will get lost in the shuffle."

Gibson said TCOG is "not insisting on anything except that there needs to be some improvement in the law" and is presenting ideas on how to reach that goal.

"Instead of getting responses to those proposals, we are getting counterproposals about putting more exemptions in the law," Gibson said.