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September 1st, 2006 • Quill Archives
Senator: Work remains to preserve open-government principles

Open government is one of the most basic requirements of a healthy democracy. The default position of our government must be one of openness. If records can be open, they should be open. If good reason exists to keep something closed, it is the government that should bear the burden to prove that need — not the other way around.