The Wyoming Legislature has frequently exempted itself from disclosing information on its' behind-the-scenes processes. State press and government watchdog groups say that the growing number of exemptions is worrisome.
Elected officials, members of the news media and others are working this summer to reach consensus on a broad plan to reform Wyoming's public records and open meetings laws. Among the issues being debated are whether the public will continue to have access to officials' emails during the early stages of drafting municipal laws, reasonable and equitable access to online records and a timely response to records requests.
The promise of the developing transparency movement in this country is greater accountability of our elected officials. Embedded in that promise is a hope for more openness, greater efficiency, and accountability in how lawmakers and government officials care for the public's interests and spend taxpayer money, and combat corruption. When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis made his famous statement—"sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants"—in 1913, he was focused on the corrupting influence of major corporations and monopolies in all aspects of American life.