'Making Sunshine Week every week,' commentary by ASNE legal counsel
In the recent commentary piece "Making Sunshine Week every week," ASNE legal counsel Kevin Goldberg discusses the "net effect" since the successful closing of Sunshine Week 2015, March 21-28, and asks why we, as citizens, media and government, do not carry on the importance of open government and positive effects of this annual celebration once the week is over.
ASNE legal counsel Kevin Goldberg's recent commentary piece "Making Sunshine Week every week" has been published by numerous news organizations, including The Palm Beach Post, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the Rockford Register Star, the Las Cruces Sun-News, The Clarion-Ledger and more.
"In some ways, Sunshine Week undercuts its own success," Goldberg said in his commentary. "The congressional committees with jurisdiction over the federal Freedom of Information Act, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Judiciary Committee, have largely fallen into a pattern of holding one and only one hearing relating to the federal FOIA every year - during Sunshine Week. And that's if we're lucky."
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As Goldberg said, "It's time to really take what we've learned during Sunshine Week and use it the rest of the year. We still have time to accomplish that before next March."