What should government transparency look like in 2021?


CHEYENNE — If there’s one thing members of the Senate’s Committee of the Whole agree on, it’s the importance of governmental transparency.

But what transparency should look like in 2021 is another question entirely.

A vote on March 3 saw the body almost evenly divided. On one side were those in favor of allowing cities, towns, counties and school districts to move their public notices — including meeting minutes, salaries and ordinances — from the pages of the local newspaper to those entities’ websites. On the other were those in support of continuing to publish in local papers. The former group prevailed, and with a vote of 15 to 12, Senate File 17 passed on first reading in the Committee of the Whole.

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