Goolsby and others take aim on violators of "sunshine laws" - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Goolsby and others take aim on violators of "sunshine laws"

Sen. Thom Goolsby is a primary sponsor of a bill to make violating the state's sunshine laws a criminal offense Sen. Thom Goolsby is a primary sponsor of a bill to make violating the state's sunshine laws a criminal offense

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Sen. Thom Goolsby and others in the state Senate are taking aim on public officials who they say violate the state's public records and open meetings laws.

Goolsby (R-New Hanover) and Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Buncombe) are the primary sponsors of a bill filed Thursday morning called the "Public Meetings/Records Law Violations" bill, the first of three "sunshine laws" Goolsby plans to file during this session of the General Assembly.  The "sunshine laws" cover access to open meetings and public records in North Carolina.

SB125 would make violations of public records and open meetings laws a criminal offense. In a video posted on YouTube, Goolsby says "The government official, bureaucrat or whoever it is that does not you (the public) into the (open) meeting, or denies you the (public) record, can be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor."

"Who is against this?" Goolsby asks in the video. "I guess people who like doing things and not having you, the public, know what they are doing with your money, on your time, in your house."

The bill has not gone through its first reading in the Senate. It will then be assigned to committee and debated before possibly coming in front of the full Senate for a vote.

Click here to read the bill.

Copyright 2013  WECT. All rights reserved.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • League of Women Voters to host series of candidate forums

    League of Women Voters to host series of candidate forums

    Monday, September 18 2017 12:51 PM EDT2017-09-18 16:51:31 GMT

    The Municipal Elections are just around the corner, so the League of Women Voters of the Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums in Brunswick County next month. 

    More >>

    The Municipal Elections are just around the corner, so the League of Women Voters of the Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums in Brunswick County next month. 

    More >>
  • Rouzer votes against bill to raise debt ceiling, help hurricane victims

    Rouzer votes against bill to raise debt ceiling, help hurricane victims

    Friday, September 8 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-09-08 19:18:39 GMT
    Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) voted against a measure Friday that would tie emergency hurricane relief funding to raising the country's debt ceiling (Source: rouzer.house.gov)Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) voted against a measure Friday that would tie emergency hurricane relief funding to raising the country's debt ceiling (Source: rouzer.house.gov)

    Congressman David Rouzer (NC7) is one of seven members of North Carolina's delegation voting against a measure that would raise the country’s debt ceiling, and provide emergency relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey. HR 601, which also makes necessary adjustments to keep the government open for another three months, passed the U.S House of Representatives Friday morning by a count of 316-90. 

    More >>

    Congressman David Rouzer (NC7) is one of seven members of North Carolina's delegation voting against a measure that would raise the country’s debt ceiling, and provide emergency relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey. HR 601, which also makes necessary adjustments to keep the government open for another three months, passed the U.S House of Representatives Friday morning by a count of 316-90. 

    More >>
  • House lawmakers plan hearing on GenX discharge into Cape Fear River

    House lawmakers plan hearing on GenX discharge into Cape Fear River

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:02 PM EDT2017-08-17 01:02:41 GMT
    State lawmakers plan to hold legislative hearings to investigate the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear Region's drinking water supply. (Source: WECT)State lawmakers plan to hold legislative hearings to investigate the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear Region's drinking water supply. (Source: WECT)

    House Speaker Tim Moore said Wednesday he plans to convene a legislative hearing to investigate the discharge of the unregulated chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River.  “I’ll be announcing committee appointments in the coming days to convene investigative hearings on the GenX issue as soon as possible,” 

    More >>

    House Speaker Tim Moore said Wednesday he plans to convene a legislative hearing to investigate the discharge of the unregulated chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River.  “I’ll be announcing committee appointments in the coming days to convene investigative hearings on the GenX issue as soon as possible,” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly