The National Freedom of Information Coalition has endorsed a letter written by the New York Coalition for Open Government, urging the state to mandate that minutes of public meetings be posted online within two weeks of a meeting.
“It is important to have a written record of who attended a meeting; what motions were made and what votes occurred,” the letter reads. “Reading several pages of meeting minutes is a quick way to learn what happened at a meeting. It is much more difficult to learn what happened at a meeting through an unabridged recording. For individuals who are hearing impaired, posting recordings of meetings instead of written meeting minutes will be a problem.”