Column: Wyoming lawmakers and Gov. Gordon deserve real credit for their efforts to improve citizens’ access to public records. But it was dismaying to hear last week that the office may actually have little power to sort out disputes.
A Torrington native and longtime congressional staffer has taken her new duties in a state office created to mediate disputes over the release of public documents.
Many Wyoming residents want state government to be more transparent, but few can agree the best way to go about it.
In case you might’ve heard otherwise, please rest assured that a substitute teacher does not, in fact, hold the top-paying job in Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton. They’re not paying a custodian $120,000 a year, either.
Wyoming citizens are abusing government agencies.
That is according to some legislators and other government officials discussing attempts by those who pay the bills – the taxpayers – to obtain public records. The discussion took place at the recent meeting of the Joint Judiciary Committee in Gillette.
Wyoming’s checkbook contains a mountain of information about state agency spending, but it’s far from a full accounting of Wyoming’s budget.
With nearly 5 million line items totaling more than $27.5 billion of checks written during the last six years, delving into Wyoming’s checkbook could be like drinking from a firehose.
A transparency task force created by Gov. Mark Gordon and Auditor Kristi Racines will focus on the “gray” areas of Wyoming’s public documents laws, Racines said.
Transparency in state government is very important, but achieving it can sometimes be difficult, according to state Auditor Kristi Racines.
A measure that would require government officials to turn over public documents within 30 days of receiving a request for their release is on its way to the desk of Gov. Mark Gordon.
A 30-day deadline would be set for the release of public documents under a bill approved Thursday by a House committee.
By Cowboy State Daily Bills on party switching, daylight savings time and a property tax exemption for seniors were all on the table at the Wyoming Legislature on Thursday. A bill that would have limited when voters can change their party affiliations, SF 32, was killed for a second time by the Senate Corporations, Elections…
A bill designed to set a deadline for the release of public documents won approval from a Senate committee on Thursday.
By Cowboy State Daily A bill that would have set a deadline for public agencies to turn over public documents was pulled back Tuesday to allow for a major overhaul. The Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee, faced with concerns by state and local government agencies about a proposed 10-day deadline for the release…
By Cowboy State Daily A bill that would limit the amount of information provided in official notices about how much public employees are paid cleared a House committee Thursday. HB 146 would remove the names of county and city public employees from a list that is published in the state’s newspapers. Under current law, that…