DCOGC welcomes DC Council bill to improve open government laws

DC Council members David Grosso and Mary Cheh Tuesday introduced a sweeping set of measures to improve open government laws in the District of Columbia. Council member Anita Bonds also cosponsored the bill, the “Strengthening Transparency and Open Access to Government Amendment Act of 2016.”

D.C. Open Government Coalition President Kevin Goldberg hailed the measure as “a set of improvements the community has been advocating for some time that we were delighted to have helped to draft and that we look forward to supporting as the measure moves forward in the Council.”

Mr. Grosso thanked “numerous advocates as well as the Office of Open Government that helped” in the bill’s development and praised Mayor Muriel Bowser also for “commitment to transparency” including a recent initiative on open data that he said “complements” the bill. Continue…