[OP-ED] What could go wrong in secret government meetings?

 

closed-meetingBy Dan Barr, counsel to the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and other media organizations | The Arizona Republic

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

One need not be Sherlock Holmes to deduce what is going in Arizona state government these days.

After several candidates were propelled into office last November by dark money donations from anonymous groups who never revealed themselves to the voters, the Legislature is now considering a host of bills to reduce governmental transparency to the public.

The proponents of these bills tell us it will be easier to do their jobs with less public oversight and that government will become more efficient.

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