Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Legislative Panel offers sunglasses to citizens

The study committee on open meetings laws retreated a bit from their drive to weaken sunshine laws, but only a bit. This is totally unacceptable and is simply the result of the public outcry. There was no change of heart or genuine concern for the public's right to know. They still value their convenience and political power more than the need to conduct public business in public.


On Tuesday, the panel decided to rescind the change. Instead, it voted 5-4 to recommend that up to four members of a panel could meet in private as long as they did not make up a majority of their panel.

It's a compromise of sorts, but it may not satisfy some.