Agencies are required to explain in writing if information is denied
By Linda Ireland
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm
In Kentucky, it’s presumed that government documents are open unless there’s a good reason to keep them secret.
Until July 1, people in South Dakota had to prove documents were open as they sought information. A new law shifts the burden to government to show why it has the right to withhold information.
Officials think it will have a “long-term positive impact on government,” according to a news account. It’s a long overdue development.
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