New York Coalition for Open Government President Paul Wolf says a reform of open meetings law in the Empire State is desperately needed. There are states that have better models — Massachusetts as an example grants authority to the AG’s office to investigate and reprimand in cases of negligence by elected officials.
The concept is simple: Violate open meetings law and deal with consequences.
But transparency in government doesn’t start or end with the laws that govern meetings of public bodies. There is the FOIL request process, which journalists and concerned citizens alike must go through in order to obtain information in the name of transparency and access.
Today on the show a conversation with Wolf about the Coalition’s work, and how it could shape future legislation.