Idaho public records exemption to be softened

A bill that would expand an exemption in Idaho’s public records law is expected to be amended to address the concerns of reporters and open government advocates.

House Bill 447 was written by the city of Idaho Falls. Mayor Rebecca Casper, City Attorney Randy Fife and Idaho Falls Power General Manager Jackie Flowers were in Boise on Wednesday to advocate that the Senate State Affairs Committee recommend the law be passed.

“It is nearly always in the best interests of the public for the public officials who serve the public to embrace openness and transparency,” Casper said. “I say nearly always." Continue…