For Immediate Release: Contact: Sen. Kathleen Vinehout
September 22, 2011 (608) 266-8546
Sen. Vinehout and Rep. Richards propose requiring the Legislature to immediately comply with the open meetings law
Lawmakers also pursuing constitutional amendment to make proposed rules permanent
Madison--Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Rep. Jon Richards proposed changing the legislative rules to immediately close a legal loophole that allows the Legislature to do as it pleases when it comes to open meetings.
“Government works best when we all get involved,” Sen. Vinehout said announcing the introduction of the bill.
“Legislation is like fish,” she continued. “We’ve got to set it on the table, let the sunlight shine on it and see if it stinks. If the doors and windows are closed, the sunlight is not going to get in.”