Public notices bolster transparency
Dave Bordewyk, SDNA director
Published: Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Earlier this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard used his weekly column to share information with citizens about moving state government toward more transparency and accessibility.
Specifically, he wrote about the launch of a new state government website that makes it easier for the public to learn about administrative rules and regulations that are proposed and implemented by various state agencies. The new website is rules.sd.gov.
Congratulations to the governor for creating a practical and useful website that will well serve the citizens of South Dakotans. And thank you to Gov. Daugaard for bringing more attention to the need for transparency in government.
"I strongly believe that the workings of government should be as transparent as possible," the governor wrote in his column. "As South Dakota citizens, you deserve the opportunity to know about and participate in your government."
Here, here! I couldn't agree more. That's a message newspapers have been promoting for decades and it's gratifying to see more and more embrace the ideals of transparency and open government.
Last month the 130 member newspapers of South Dakota Newspaper Association observed the first-ever Public Notices Month in South Dakota. It was an opportunity to bring attention to public notices such as school board minutes and delinquent property tax lists published in the local newspaper and to the role those notices play in our democracy.
Just like the point made by the governor in his column, public notices in the local newspaper create the opportunity for us as citizens and taxpayers to know about and participate in our government.
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