Our View: Government does not operate well in secret

You can do the wrong thing even for what sounds like a good reason. Just take a look at what the Maine Department of Public Safety has in mind for the upcoming legislative session.
The department has proposed a bill that would make it more difficult for the public to access certain data from 911 emergency calls: personal medical information, as well as information about sexual assault and domestic violence. The bill, which has yet to be drafted, is titled “An Act to Protect the Privacy and Dignity of People who Call E-9-1-1 for Help,” and it is intended, officials say, to protect members of the public in traumatic circumstances.
While that is a good reason for a law, lawmakers should put intentions aside and take a hard look at the proposal would actually do. Continue>>>