Surprising agreement…

I found myself nodding along in agreement with a blog posting this morning from an unexpected quarter. Most of the time, I find myself on the other side of the aisle of Brenda Konkel, but her post today about Mayor Dave and Ald. Brandon’s new proposed ordinance to exempt text messages and online instant messaging from open records law is right on. She goes over the same basic argument I made last week with the added benefit of examples of the type of communication that can go on via texting and internet chats. Yay for examples! Here are few notable pulls (me=Brenda):

Me (2/7 10:09 am): Would you have voted to put housing in with ecd and make it its own dept?
Zach Brandon (2/7 6:08 pm): Probably… Devil is in the detail.
Me (2/7 6:09 pm): always

Me (11/27 5:01 pm): So who wants to be on this committee?
Zach Brandon (11/27 5:02 pm): Me and you.. LOL
Me (11/27 5:02 pm):🙂 and who else?
Zach Brandon (11/27 5:10 pm): Don’t really know… Guessing: me, you, ms, src, mc, mv(???)…

These sound to me like communications that would be responsive to a public records request about city/committee planning, and they were obviously not that hard to produce. So what’s up with Mayor Dave, Ald. Brandon and Assistant City Attorney Roger Allen making the argument that this type of govermental communication is too difficult to produce?

3 Responses to “Surprising agreement…”


  1. 1 Jeni February 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I don’t understand these “lawmakers” who claim text messages and online messaging should be exempt from open records. Any lawmaker who feels this way makes me question their level of honesty and open government compliance participation. In other words, what do they have to hide?

    This also makes me wonder just how many lawmakers are using these forms of communication in secret. Hmmm…something to remember to request in future open records requests.

    Great blog, by the way! Glad I found you…will add to my blog roll.😉

    Godspeed.

  2. 2 Elizabeth February 20, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the add!

    And you are right, remembering to include these forms of communication in an open records request might lead to some great information…


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