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Resource ID: #16076
Subject: Public Records
Source: Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
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Date: various

Description

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports that "For too long the people of Wyoming have accepted intransigence from their public officials over access to public records. Indeed, the state law is among the weakest in the nation... It is time that someone take a stand for the people of the state, who find their way blocked at too many turns by arrogant and/or ignorant public officials. That is the point of these enclosed articles, columns and editorials and statewide open records survey.... The major opportunity this year for teaching the lessons and fighting for access came at the end of May when the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle was working on a story on restaurant inspections.... The City/County Health Director's actions - and those of other public officials included in these articles - provided a perfect opportunity to wage a fight for public documents (and openness in the government meetings and courts) and to explain to readers that public records are theirs, that they have a right to access them, that they have a right to be in governmental and court hearings, and that their ability to function as citizens hinges on their right to know...."

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