South Dakota acts on open government

See these articles regarding recent votes on open government in South Dakota:

From Rapid City Journal:

Mixed results might be the most charitable summary of how the Legislature this week treated recommendations from the task force on open government that the governor and attorney general convened last year. The House State Affairs Committee killed another piece of the legislation Friday. … So far three of the task force’s bills have died. Three others await votes by the full House of Representatives after getting through the committee. Two have been approved by the House and are on their way to the Senate.

From Argus Leader:

A slate of open government laws drew a mixed reception from a legislative committee Friday morning. One bill, extending open meetings laws to cover email and other textual exchanges by members of public boards, passed narrowly on a 7-6 vote. It now heads to the full House of Representatives, where proponents said they anticipate a tough battle. Another open government measure, opening up more information from complaints and hearings that might be derogatory towards individuals, was killed unanimously. A third bill, clarifying current law, passed 10-2 without much opposition.

Also from Argus Leader:

A legislative committee killed two open government bills Wednesday and gutted another, dealing a setback to a slate of reforms supported by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley. The House State Affairs Committee unanimously killed House Bill 1109, which would have made mug shots and police logs open records. The governor, attorney general and media groups supported that bill, saying most states release that information and that there’s no compelling reason to keep it secret.

And from the Capital Journal:

Two bills championed by an open government task force died in committee Wednesday, while a third was rendered moot. The House State Affairs committee voted on five bills introduced on behalf of the offices of the Governor and the state Attorney General. The bills stemmed from recommendations made by a task force of media, private industry and public representatives assembled by the governor last year. The committee unanimously approved an amended form of HB1108, which retained a crucial conjunction for interpretation – keeping “and” instead of replacing it with “or.”