State legal contracts in the early 2000s helped gubernatorial candidate start a law firm, Hageman & Brighton, as she built her business and professional reputation.
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.
Citing role as defenders of the public interest, the governor-appointed panel is holding up Department of Environmental Quality plans to charge for some public records requests.