BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Elected city and county boards meet regularly to discuss and vote on local government matters like how to spend your tax dollars; approving or denying all kinds of requests from businesses, other agencies or citizens. For the most part, these meetings are open to the public.
Since most people don't have the time to attend the meetings, few people are there to see or hear the actions.
Local news agencies report the major issues, but most of what happens goes unnoticed. Some boards post their agendas and minutes online for all to see. Many do not.
There's a move in the state legislature to require that public posting minutes for cities of at least 25,000 residents and counties of at least 50,000 residents.
There is another bill that would require state legislative committees to post what legislative bills will be discussed 24 hours in advance of committee meetings. Both of these actions just make sense to us.
We agree with this effort for a more open and transparent government.
That’s our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.