It looks like state legislators may be taking their cue from North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos on an important issue: public access to government information.
A few weeks back, as you will recall, Wos solemnly informed reporters that transparency can be “dangerous” in government. Today, the state Senate put Wos’ philosophy into action by passing legislation to do away with public notice requirements for several local governments.
WRAL.com has the story:
Raleigh, N.C. — Local governments in 10 counties will be able to bypass requirements that they advertise public meetings in a local newspaper under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday.
The measure, which received tentative approval Monday night, would apply to the county governments and city governments in Burke, Graham, Guilford, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Mecklenburg, Swain, Union and Wake counties.
“It’s an option,” said Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon. “They can do what they think best serves their people.”
Opponents of the measure assailed it as hampering citizens’ ability to know what’s going on. Under the measure, governments that opt out of newspaper advertising would have to disclose meetings on a government website.
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