Access law comes of age

Kennebec Journal Staff Writer

A state senator who leads the state’s open-records committee says “good progress” has been made in establishing a transparent government.

Sen. Barry Hobbins, D-Saco, chairman of the Right To Know Advisory Committee, said the 123rd Legislature was the committee’s “first real venture into recommending legislation.”

Legislation that passed includes items that clarify the release of state employees’ public information, appoint an ombudsman and implement a law stating all elected officials must certify they are familiar with Maine’s open-records laws.

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