Improving Access to Public Government Records and Transparency

I wholeheartedly support the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) and Sunshine Law (our open meetings law).  The Office of Information Practices needs to be well staffed with qualified personnel in order to provide education to government workers and the public on what’s considered privileged under UIPA, what’s a violation of transparency in Sunshine Law for State and County Boards when conducting official business, and making timely determinations for appeal of denial to public requests to access records and complaints of Sunshine violations.

I support the imposed deadlines for requests and possible fines if departments are non-compliant.  As mentioned, the problem is administrative and public education as to what is deemed public and private.  It’s a common-sense standard, not another rigid legal application of administrative law.  The government should not have anything really, to hide. 

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