Tri States Public Radio Staff
Tue October 25, 2011
Shop Talk - October 25
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's plan to push for even more access to public records.
Branstad, who is a Republican, said he wants better enforcement of open meetings and open records laws. He says lobbyists representing local governments helped defeat the bill last year.
Branstad also announced all open records requests received by his office will be posted on-line. In addition, his office will detail each was resolved.
Panelist Mike Murray thinks it is good to provide more disclosure of public information. Panelist Bill Knight said some citizens might be reluctant to file for a record if their name will be posted on-line, but panelist Rich Egger points out government resources will be used to handle requests so why not post the info?
The panelists would also like to see more government information posted on-line so that citizens don't have to file a request.