Lawmakers Vote on Changes to Open Records Law

Lawmakers Vote on Changes to Open Records Law
Lawmakers Vote on Changes to Open Records Law

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A panel of Wyoming legislators has recommended approval of a bill that would change the state's open records law to make documents private if they're sent only to an individual member of a governing body.

The Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee voted down a companion proposal Thursday that would have created an exemption to public records law to disallow inspection of materials that public officials rely on for making decisions. The Wyoming Association of Municipalities had supported the change.

Jim Angell of the Wyoming Press Association said after the committee vote that he's disappointed with the language that would exempt materials from public inspection if they're sent to less than a quorum of members of a governing body.

The full Legislature will consider the issue when it meets early next year.

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