Assemblyman Goldfeder Pushes for Open Government
Assembly passes legislation to increase transparency
March 13, 2012
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced that the Assembly passed a package of bills encouraging transparency in government. March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, a non-partisan initiative intended to promote the importance of freedom of information and open government. “Open government, accountability and citizen participation is what Sunshine Week is all about,” Goldfeder said. “This package of bills allows New Yorkers to have greater access to state government by increasing openness and accountability.” The Assembly’s legislative package includes bills to:
- bar government agencies from inappropriately using the copyright law to deny access to a public record (A.6787);
- limit the time in which state agencies would have to appeal court decisions that order the release of documents as required by FOIL (A.68).
- require entities that are exempt from disclosure under FOIL, and who submit records to state agencies, to periodically re-apply for the exemption (A.9022); and
- establish an inventory and audit process, administered by the commissioner of the Office for General Services, to document every parcel of real property that has been sold by the state (A.9112).