Capitol Notebook: State law protects public employees from public scrutiny

From Aberdeen News: PIERRE — South Dakota’s laws regarding public records are in some ways good and in other ways bad, depending on what a person is trying to learn about the everyday operations within a government or public school district.

The laws, rewritten in 2009, clearly favor public knowledge on financial matters. That section directs the laws be “liberally construed” on financial records and citizens “shall have the full right to know of and have full access to information on the public finances of the government and the public bodies and entities created to serve them.”

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