Shine Light on Openness in Government



Date: March 12, 2009 208/794-7688

Shine Light on Openness in Government

On his first day in office, President Barack Obama directed his Administration to develop
recommendations for an “Open Government Directive” that moves government towards being
“transparent,” “participatory” and “collaborative.”

To bring this message home and look for ways that local and state government can also become more collaborative, the League of Women Voters Treasure Valley and Idahoans for Openness in Government will hold a public meeting on March 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Star City Hall Council Chambers, 10769 West State Street, Star.

The meeting is a nationwide webcast broadcast by It is part of national Sunshine Week March 15-2l. The webcast allows citizens to participate in the crafting of the President’s “Open Government Directive.” Sunshine Week is a national initiative that brings together print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.

During the webcast, individuals who are intimately involved in formulating the Administration’s policies and agendas will explain the initiative’s goals, receive feedback by phone and email from the audience, and let members of the public know how they can continue to participate in the discussion.

Whether it is to track how federal stimulus dollars are being spent or to attend a local government meeting where land use decisions are being made, “Sunshine Laws” afford us access and create government transparency.

Because of the increasing need for public access to governmental decisions and policies, the members of the League of Women Voters Treasure Valley and the Idahoans for Openness in Government will continue working for the community in monitoring the use of these Laws.

League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan group that studies public issues and works to enact them into law. League never supports a political party or a political candidate.

Idahoans for Openness in Government, or IDOG, is a broad-based, non-profit coalition for open government. Like similar coalitions in more than 40 other states, IDOG’s mission is to promote open government and freedom of information.


Kip Winter, President, League of Women Voters Treasure Valley

Betsy Russell, President, Idahoans for Openness in Government

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