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A small step for open government

Here is the text of a press release distributed by the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform earlier this morning:

Two Executive Orders (17&18) issued by Governor Beverly Perdue are being hailed as positive steps forward by the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Executive Order 17 requires the names of consultants involved in the state’s economic incentive packages to be disclosed. Executive Order 18 prohibits state employees from deleting any e-mail pertaining to state government business.

“Governor Perdue is to be commended for moving forward in keeping a promise made to citizens for government that is more open and accountable,” said Jane Pinsky, Director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. “Now we challenge the legislature to follow the Governor’s lead and pass five bills before it that will increase the ethical standards for our state government and provide much greater transparency.”

Those five bills include House Bill 944 – Disclosure by Appointees to Boards and Commissions, House Bill 961- Pay to Play Regulation , House Bill 1134 – Open Government Act, House Bill 1136-Executive Branch Revolving Door, and House Bill 1452-Local Government Code of Ethics. 

The retention of emails for 10 years, Executive Order 17, will provide a credible record of the executive branch actions and will allow citizens to know what is going on. The disclosure of consultants , Executive Order 18, involved in economic development projects asking for benefits from the state’s assistance programs will not only aid the Department of Commerce in its job but it will assure that citizens will know what is going on with their money.

The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform is made up of more than 50 groups and individuals and is committed to improving the ethical standards of our state and local governments and to make government more transparent and more accountable to citizens of our state.

For more information, contact Jane Pinsky at 919-833-0092 or j.pinsky@nclobbyreform.org.

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