Energy industry representatives mingled with lawmakers from Wyoming and other states at last week’s meeting of the Energy Council.
The Council is a Texas-based non-profit, and its membership is made up of lawmakers from twelve states, three Canadian provinces and Venezuela. It holds quarterly meeting to discuss energy issues. Although industry underwrites portions of the events, states also pay about $40,000 a year in dues to be part of the council, in addition to travel and lodging expenses for legislators.
The Wyoming legislature has approved both Open Meetings and Records laws.
Senator Tony Ross said it was important for transparency to be shed on government. And Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy Center says the records law was important because it deals with electronic records.
“It makes clear that just because it’s electronic, if it’s people discussing public business, people will have access to it now, guaranteed,” Neal said.