The sincerity of pro-transparency initiatives

Although I don’t cover federal Freedom of Information Act issues, with a new administration sweeping into D.C., it’s worth noting that although every state has its own sunshine law, federal politicians can help the cause of state sunshine by the example they set.

Many of my Democratic friends believe that the Obama administration will lead the way in opening the doors (and closets and dusty attics and dark basements) of the federal government to the light of day, and that’s one reason they supported his candidacy.

If this happens, it will be much harder for state governments to justify clinging to policies and practices that make it cumbersome to appropriately scrutinize the conduct of government on a local and state level.

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