Fight secrecy always

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Jun 23, 2013

Here's one thing we know for certain: The public must fight government secrecy in every instance, and it must fight with unending vigilance any and every effort by any government to implement legislation to make it lawful to do the public's business in private.

We applaud state Rep. Chris Redfern for the strong stand he's taken against a proposal in the Ohio Statehouse that would give local governments more reasons to meet in executive, closed-door sessions that bar the public from knowing or participating in the acts of government. 

“We ought not to allow county commissioners and mayors to cut deals, sometimes with their friends, outside the purview of public oversight,” Redfern said.

Redfern's strong opposition and his role as chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party should have sway with Democrats. This is not a partisan issue, however, and we're glad too that state Rep. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, also said no justification exists for extending the closed-door options for government. The limited options that now exist are well reasoned and do not need tinkered or diminished. 

Gov. John Kasich's privatization of the state commerce department into JobsOhio was a disaster and a start toward that implementing standards of secrecy between the government and the governed. Lawmakers have no business following that bad example with this proposed legislation seeking to block the public from the public's business. 

The public must fight government secrecy at every step, always. 

Comments

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If you haven't heard of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) you should do a little reading. This little group secretly draws-up legislation for passage in the State of Ohio.

The following Ohio leaders are members:

House of Representatives

Rep. John P. Adams (R-78)[1], State Chairman[2][3] and Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member [4]
Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-3),[3] Communications and Technology Task Force Alternate[5]
Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-17), ALEC Education Task Force Member[6]
Rep. Peter A. Beck (R-67), ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Member[7]
Rep. Terry R. Boose (R-58), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member [8]
Rep. George J. Buchy (R-77) [9]
Rep. James Butler (R-37), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[10] and Communications and Technology Task Force Alternate[11]
Rep. Timothy Derickson (R-53)[1]
Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-19), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member[12]
Rep. Cheryl L. Grossman (R-23), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Alternate[13]
Rep. Brian Hill (R-94), ALEC Member[14]
Rep. Matt Huffman (R-4), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member[3]
Rep. Ronald Maag (R-35), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member[3][15]
Rep. Kristina D. Roegner (R-42), ALEC Education Task Force Member[16]
Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-86), ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Member[17]
Rep. Barbara Sears (R-46)[1], ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[18]
Rep. Gerald L. Stebelton (R-5)[1], ALEC Education Task Force Member[19]
Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-25), ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Member[20]
Rep. Louis Terhar (R-30), ALEC Member[21]
Rep. Andrew M. Thompson (R-93), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member[22]
Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R-75), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[3]
Rep. Ron Young (R-63), ALEC Member

U.S. Representative
Sen. Bob Gibbs (R-18) [3]

Senate

Sen. David Burke (R-26), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[23]
Sen. William P. Coley, II (R-4), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member [24]
Rep. Randy Gardner (R-6) [25]
Sen. Kris Jordan (R-19), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member[26]
Sen. Frank LaRose (R-27), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member [27]
Sen. Bob Peterson (R-17), ALEC Member[28]
Sen. William "Bill" Seitz (R-8), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force[29] Co-Chair, spoke on "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[30]
Rep. Joseph W. Uecker (R-14)[1], ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member[31]

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