Government Transparency

Transparency in Government

"Government accountability means that public officials — elected and un-elected — have an obligation to explain their decisions and actions to the citizens. Government accountability is achieved through the use of a variety of mechanisms — political, legal and administrative — designed to prevent corruption and ensure that public officials remain answerable and accessible to the people they serve. In the absence of such mechanisms, corruption may thrive."

— U.S. Department of State

Transparency is essential for good government.

Transparency allows us to see how our government works and helps us to be more involved in government.

Transparency aids in avoiding corruption.

I would not have voted for the 2018 legislative Senate Bill 6617, which was later vetoed. Both our current representatives and our senator voted for this bill.

The bill would have done the following:

  • make some, but not all, legislative records public, such as lawmakers’ calendars and their email exchanges with registered lobbyists created after July 1.
  • keep private those records already in existence
  • prevent people from challenging the law in court.

I would have voted against the bill for two reasons.

  1. While the bill may have had some good intentions, it was rammed through the House and Senate with little or no public debate.
  2. We routinely expect our city, county, and state offices to release documents regarding their actions. We should expect the same of our representatives.