The open records law that took effect at the beginning of July is a great step forward for our state government.
Open government has many benefits. First off, as a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” to quote President Lincoln, it seems only reasonable that a government of the people should allow the people that it represents know what goes on within state government.
Open records also help make government more responsive and efficient. When more eyes see what actions are being taken within the state, better ways of doing business and cost savings can be found, which helps government be more responsible and accountable to taxpayers.
In addition, open records help prevent corruption in government. When we minimize the amount of closed doors in government, it’s very hard to cut back room deals when all the deliberation is out in the open for all citizens, media, and bloggers to see.
From the Vermillion Plain Talk: