Thursday, October 20, 2005

Some Legislative Emails To Be Public

Senator Dave Thomas heads the GRAMA ( Government Records Access and Management ) task force. On The Senate Site, he explains the plans of the task force regarding making legislative emails open to the public. Right now, only emails that are printed become part of the "record". According to Senator Thomas, "The GRAMA Task Force has proposed changing the law by opening most E-mail up to GRAMA requests, with the exceptions of E-mail between legislators and their staff, and E-mail between legislators and their constituents." The constituent emails are exempt to protect the privacy of the public. That seems reasonable. The staff emails are exempt to "encourage open discussion between legislators and their staff". That seems rather flimsy.

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