Open records with Exceptions? What’s so ‘open’ about that?

Good luck getting this door open.

Senator Knudson is wasting his time if he thinks their needs to be exceptions;

This year, the presumption of openness bill is being written by Senate Republican Leader Dave Knudson of Sioux Falls.  He says the legislation will presume government records are open and will contain a list of specific exceptions.

Chuck Baldwin, a journalist in residence in the Contemporary Media and Journalism Department at the University of South Dakota, says the exceptions in the pending bill will determine its quality.

Or it’s viability. Federal law already protects citizens personal information from being shared, such as Social Security numbers. Either write and pass a bill with some teeth in it, or don’t bother. This is just more showboating by another Republican running for governor in 2010.



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