The Casper Star-Tribune’s owners and a labor union formed by reporters enter a key round of contract negotiations and a critical crossroads for Wyoming journalism this month.
They’ve paid thousands in fees and waited months, but two advocacy groups don’t have the public records they requested. Who are they, what’s the holdup and what does it mean for Wyoming's new fees for records rules?
Fees for public records as imposed by Wyoming Department of Administration and Information rules are unnecessary, undemocratic and threatening to government transparency, argues Bleizeffer.
WPA lobbyist endorsed new rules allowing agencies to charge for public records, a change from the traditional transparency advocate’s previous opposition to fees.