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Cassia commission to record, share meetings online

The Cassia County Commission has approved audio recordings of their weekly business meetings after the board was caught violating government transparency laws. The Times-News reports that commissioners voted Monday to approve the practice. Recordings will be embedded in the minutes of their meetings on the county's website...

Idaho lawmakers pledge to open up tax discussions

Idaho lawmakers say there will be no more secret meetings of a group working on state tax policy – all meetings from this point on will be open to the public and follow notice requirements of the Idaho Open Meeting Law.

Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers tax talks draw criticism

Watchers of the Idaho Legislature are reeling over the news that a panel of state lawmakers from both houses has been meeting all summer to discuss tax policy and tax relief in near secrecy. The group is not listed among the official legislative interim committees or task forces that have been holding open public meetings streamed live on the Internet. “It’s not an interim committee per se,” House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said Friday. “It’s more of an ad hoc working group.”

Open government workshops set in McCall, Boise, Nampa; public invited

The public is invited to attend any of three upcoming free workshops on Idaho’s key open government laws – the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law – in McCall, Boise and Nampa, led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. It’s a...

Lawmakers rebuke proposal to increase fines for violating Open Meeting Law

BOISE – A sharp increase in fines for violating the Idaho Open Meeting Law proposed by a representative from Idaho Falls ran into a buzz saw of opposition Thursday. Rep. Linden Bateman, a Republican, proposed increasing the maximum penalties to $500 from $50 for violations, and to $5,000 from $500 for knowing or repeated violations.

Eye on Boise: Workshops cover Idaho open government laws

It was standing-room only in Sandpoint late last week as 75-plus people filled the Sandpoint Library’s community room for a three-hour workshop on Idaho’s open meeting and public records laws. There were four such sessions in North Idaho in as many days, all sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government and featuring Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Those attending ranged from the county sheriff to local elected officials to government employees, reporters, a newly elected state lawmaker and lots of interested citizens. However, the Bonner County Daily Bee, which co-sponsored the session, pointed out the next day that Sandpoint city officials skipped the workshop – and held a controversial, closed-to-the-public meeting about oil and coal train traffic in the region the same afternoon.