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Open public records key to limiting government

Idaho typically elects conservative officeholders with skeptical views of government and then allows them to lower the blinds on public information.

One would think voters would want the government closest to them to be the most open, but that’s not how it works in the Gem State.

Editorial from The Spokesman-Review

Idaho ombudsman needs to take charge

In Idaho and the Treasure Valley there is no shortage of public information officers, public affairs officers, communications directors and specialists.

There are more combinations of these words – and we didn’t even mention the platoons of lawyers who pore over information requests. Dozens and dozens of people throughout the state are paid millions of dollars collectively to broker and serve as information conduits to media and citizens. The proliferation of this class of public employee would lead one to expect the utmost transparency and access to public information, right?

Editorial from the Idaho Statesman

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Idaho’s public records process reviewed

Four months as Idaho’s public records ombudsman has taught Cally Younger that more work needs to be done to clarify and strengthen Idaho’s public records process.

Most of her time is spent answering questions by phone – she’s received just two written complaints – and trying to figure out what needs to happen to the state’s public records law to make it work better. She’s surveying state agencies and meeting with stakeholders in advance of the 2015 Legislature, and recommending potential changes to her boss, Gov. Butch Otter.

From the Idaho Statesman

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