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RECORDS SHED LIGHT ON BARBIERI’S CALL FOR LESS TRANSPARENCY

Rep. Vito Barbieri didn’t want to talk about his plan to change Idaho’s public records law to shield most state lawmakers’ communications from public disclosure.

Ironically, it took a public records request for the Dalton Gardens Republican’s email messages to find out what he was thinking when he proposed this legislation.

From the Coeur d’Alene Press

Judge rules East Idaho lawmaker’s secret recording is public record

Portions of a transcript from a secretly recorded meeting between Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, and Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, will be made public following a public records lawsuit filed by the Post Register against Nate.

From the Idaho Falls Post Register

Idaho’s Sunshine laws need reform

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told a reporter last week that he hopes to overhaul parts of the state’s Sunshine Laws — those that promise transparency in government — when the Legislature reconvenes next month.

Editorial from the Twin Falls Times-News

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