The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

February 6, 2014

Open tentative contracts to public scrutiny

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Further, after at least 14 days, the public entity would be required to convene an open meeting and receive public comments before a vote is taken.

Such a system would help elected board members, public employees, and the public better understand the contents of proposed contracts. The 14-day window would also allow members of the public to find out how much additional money those tentative contracts would cost them.

Unfortunately, Ives’ bill is stuck in a Democratic-controlled committee, where it will likely never emerge without help.

We call on Sauk Valley area representatives to sign on as co-sponsors to Rep. Ives’ contract transparency bill.

We further call on them to do what they can to advance it, and along with it the cause of openness and accountability in government.

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