Governor LePage - Executive Working Papers Should Have Same Exemption as Legislature's
Proposal would make governor’s ‘working papers’ off limits
By Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 09, 2011, at 5:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — ... state’s right-to-know advisory committee...approved a proposal from the governor’s office that would exempt all of his “working papers” from... Freedom of Access Act, perhaps until the end of each legislative session.
...10-5 vote...committee recommended the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee...and ...full Legislature ..approve the governor’s exemption next session.
... Legislature long...enjoyed...same exemption for working papers... anything written down that could contribute to proposed legislation.
Here's the basic question -- if it's not okay for the Governor's team to have their notepad scribblings exempted from public scrutiny, then why is it okay for the House and Senate?
After all, if the public wants to see the executive team's doodlings and notes in the margins, then why not those from the Legislature?
Why should Senator Margaret Craven's notepad (or Rep. Emily Cain's) be exempt from public scrutiny, but not the Governor's?
Surely, the legislative notepads need public scrutiny, too!! Clearly, we need a Blue Ribbon Panel, a focus group, and a government grant! Think of the Rorschach Analysis Opportunities, as we decipher the inky scribblings of our favorite legislators!!!