State Public Information Board inundated with cases

Sitting in a modestly furnished conference room in the Wallace Building, with a bay window view of the State Capitol behind him, Bill Monroe reflects on the workload he expected in the first year with the state's Public Information Board.

The board was created by the state to handle complaints and violations related to open meetings and open records laws, and Monroe has served as its chairman from its inception in 2012, including the first year when it had no funding.

Monroe, a former newspaper publisher and state newspaper association director who fought for the board's creation, assured legislators the board would handle roughly 350 cases per year. Continue>>>