Friday, January 19, 2007

New Executive Order Promotes Citizen Access to Government

Governor Spitzer recently signed an executive order titled, "Promotion of Public Access to Government Decisionmaking" (Executive Order no. 3). The Executive Order states the following:

By March 1, 2007, every agency and public authority shall submit to the
Governor a plan that:

a. identifies all meetings of the agency or authority that are subject to the Open
Meetings Law
b. specifies a timetable for ensuring that all such meetings are broadcast on the Internet.

Agencies and authorities can identify circumstances when webcasting is impractical or inappropriate and seek an exemption from broadcasting.

Webcasting is slated to begin on July 1, 2007.