bagpiper wrote:If I meet personally with a couple of legislators to discuss how best to advance a pro-RKBA bill we are not required to record the meeting, take notes, or otherwise make anything public. I trust all here are agreed that is reasonable and proper. If I call a legislator on the phone for the same reason, the same rules apply. If 10 pro-RKBA activists and 3 legislators from across the State have a telecon, the same rules apply.
Does anyone think these kinds of strategy meetings should be open to the public?
So what if, instead of meeting together face-to-face or even via phone in real time, the same 10 activists and 3 legislators conduct their strategy meeting in non-real-time using email or text messages? Do you want to see those electronic communications be part of the public record accessible to the media and others who are hostile to RKBA?
There's an entire world of philosophy there that I'm not really sure where I stand. But what I do know is this- any changes that protect additional channels of communication will be abused.
bagpiper wrote:I haven't read the bill either. But does it actually affect record requests from police departments and other local entities?
Or does it apply only to emails and text messages at the legislature?
I'm certain very few members of the legislature actually read the bill. 1800 lines is a lot to wade through.
One piece that I'm aware of that could affect records requests from non-legislature entities like police departments:
620 Section 7. Section 63G-2-203 is amended to read:
621 63G-2-203. Fees -- Standard fee -- Establishment of fees -- Additional costs.
622 (1) (a) A governmental entity may charge a reasonable fee for processing requests for a
623 record under this chapter in an amount sufficient to cover the governmental entity's actual cost
624 of providing a record, including costs of overhead and
654 (vi) for a record request that requires legal review in order to process or respond to the
655 request, or to classify records, the actual cost of labor for legal review and recommendations
656 required in relation to the request; and
So if an agency didn't want to release something, they could request a legal review to drive the cost up to the point where most people won't pay to get it.