I guess it takes a former city councilor becoming a Pierre lawmaker to get our city to stop with their secrets;
District 12 Rep. Greg Jamison’s House Bill 1166, introduced on the House floor Wednesday, aims to bolster South Dakota’s open records laws by making it more difficult for municipalities, school districts and any other governmental entity in the state to keep settlements of civil or criminal proceedings confidential and shielded from the public.
In 2015, the city of Sioux Falls did that when it agreed to keep secret a $1 million settlement it entered with contractors involved in the construction of the Denny Sanford Premier Center after some exterior paneling began to warp before the facility’s opening in October 2014.
â€œThe bill is reflective of that,â€ Jamison said Thursday. â€œClearly that was a problem and I saw an issue that needed to be addressed and here’s my chance.â€
I wish Greg luck in getting this passed.