PAR releases technology and sunshine fact sheet
The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) today released a new citizen education fact sheet focused on technology and the state’s sunshine laws. The fact sheet offers a plain-language explanation of how the state’s open meetings and public records laws apply to electronic information and communication such as e-mail, text messages and computerized data.
As new technology makes communication easier and more efficient, new questions are raised about what information must be made available to the public, what types of information must be retained as public records and how best to ensure that public business is conducted in an open and transparent manner.
PAR previously has released separate fact sheets on open meetings laws and public records laws. PAR’s sunshine law fact sheet series can be accessed on PAR’s Web site for download and printing. The documents are designed to be distributed by citizen groups as one-page, double-sided reference tools for guidance through the sometimes complicated process of gaining access to records and meetings of state and local government bodies.
Funding for this project was provided by the Open Society Institute in collaboration with the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance. For additional information and research on government transparency in Louisiana, go to PAR’s Web site at www.la-par.org.