Sunshine Week highlights the importance of open records and government transparency

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In a place known for its 300-plus days of sunny weather every year, a proclamation of “Sunshine Week” may not be met with the ovation it deserves.

But this week — dedicated to open records and government transparency — is a perfect time to remember the rights we have as citizens and taxpayers when it comes to government accountability. In honor of Sunshine Week, we’d like to recognize our local legislators who are working to ensure people have easy access to documents their tax dollars paid for.

State Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, is sponsoring a bill that would make public records easier to obtain. The bill would require the result of any public records request be made available via email with no extra delivery charge.