Senators continue debate on Open Records Bill

Feb 21, 2012

A majority of Senators have voted to keep a provision in an Open Records bill that would allow communication between one elected official and one private citizen from being made public. But Senator Bill Landen argued that such communication should be made public, because it could provide insight into why board members voted a particular way.  Landen argued that the bill allows for mischief.

“It opened a loophole for organizations if they want to hide from the press to simply contact each other individually.  And I all I got to do is change the information a little bit and you know what, the vote is greased. “

But Senator Cale Case said if such communication is made public it could keep citizens from contacting elected officials.  The bill will be debated for a final time on Wednesday.