(Neb)-This Is Sunshine Week
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - This is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote government transparency and freedom of information.
Sunshine Week organizers say Nebraska's one-house Legislature was created with the promise of greater transparency in state government, but falls short of that promise when it comes to records kept by lawmakers.
That's because they have exempted themselves from the state's public records law, allowing them to withhold correspondence, memoranda and records of telephone calls that other state agencies and local governments have to disclose.
Senators say the law allows constituents to contact them without fear of having their name published, but open-government advocates say the public should be able to know who is trying to influence elected officials.
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