RALEIGH, N.C. - As North Carolina lawmakers attempt to come to an agreement and finalize the state’s budget, the latest draft includes a paragraph allowing state legislators to decide what to do with their office’s records. Under the current law, most legislative communications are in the public record, so that concerned citizens can remain informed on their representatives’ work.
The ACLU of North Carolina’s Director of Policy & Advocacy Liz Barber issued the following statement:
“The government is supposed to be by and for the people. Open records laws are critical components of protecting democratic institutions and ensuring transparency and accountability. North Carolinians should be outraged that their government is trying to close the door on them by keeping their documents from public scrutiny.”