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From the historical files…

When Idaho voters enacted the Sunshine Law by voter initiative in 1974, the ballot statement in favor (there wasn't one against) had this to say: "A serious threat to our country is the lack of confidence in our elected officials. The people's trust in politicians need to be restored. The majority who serve in government are unselfish and honest men and women. But the unfortunate actions of some, the secrecy surrounding campaign financing, and the hidden lobbying activities by powerful interests have taken a great toll in trust at every level of government. The Sunshine Initiative is a positive measure to overcome the frustration felt by individual voters of all political persuasions. It would help bring the light of public knowledge to the public's business." The initiative passed with 77.6 percent of the vote.

The preamble to the law begins, "The purpose of this act is: a) To promote public confidence in government; and b) To promote openness in government and avoiding secrecy...." Today, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to add personal financial disclosure to the Sunshine Law, a move backed by Gov. Butch Otter that would end Idaho's distinction as one of just three states without such requirements. You can read my full story here at

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