Thursday, January 19, 2012

More municipal documents going online in New York

"Beginning on February 2, all governments in New York State that have regularly updated websites will be required to post on those sites any documents that are going to be discussed by municipal officials during the regular course of an open meeting. For instance, plans for a new shopping mall would be posted when the developer is seeking permits from a planning board or zoning board.

The law is an amendment to the Open Meetings Law and, according to information on the website of the Committee On Open Government (COOG), it addresses two types of records. “First, those that are required to be made available pursuant to Freedom of Information Law; and second, proposed resolutions, law, rules, regulations, policies or amendments thereto."

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