Thursday, June 28, 2007

Another blow for open access

A judge ruled yesterday that lobbyists and corporate hacks can see drafts of legislation and even write legislation, bu it can all be kept hidden away from members of the general public until bills are introduced.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan said his decision protects the "institutional integrity" of the Legislature.

Wrong. Protecting special interest influence in the Legislature, as this decision does, is not protecting the integrity of the Legislature. It is destroying it.

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