How would you rate South Dakota's open records/open government laws? What information do you think should or should not be available?
South Dakota ranked worst among all 50 states for open government in the Chicago-based Better Government Association's 2008 analysis of each state's law. Despite minor improvements since then, I believe the objective findings of this award-winning investigative watchdog organization still stand: We're at the bottom of the heap.
Betty Breck, Groton
Poor. Who are these government people in Pierre for? It is us and we have the right to know and have our questions answered. Do they have something to hide? If we ask, they should be able to give an honest answer or provide the information.
Dorothy Graves, Aberdeen
Names, addresses, reason for incarceration and jail terms of all South Dakotans who are in jail and have committed intentional serious crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, etc., should be available on a website so the taxpayer can see for what they're paying for. That would diminish crime in South Dakota.
Bill Fuhrman, Aberdeen
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