House Bill 21 — Open labor meetings

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Bill description: HB 21 would ensure that labor negotiations are open to the public, as called for by  open meeting laws.

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Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? Conversely, does it increase public access to information related to government activity or increase government transparency or accountability?

In 2015, the Legislature passed a law requiring that all labor negotiations between public entities and labor organizations to be open to the public and conducted in conformity to Idaho’s Open Meeting Law. When the legislation passed, however, it contained a sunset clause. These meetings could be conducted in secret after the provisions expire on July 1, 2020.

HB 21 would require labor negotiations to be conducted in the public eye indefinitely by striking the sunset provision from the law. By ensuring that these negotiations are conducted in a way that allows for public scrutiny, HB 21 would promote transparency and accountability for public officials.