Letter to the Editor about LeMunyon-Keam Transparency Bill
Legislative Effort Praised
Friday, December 10, 2010
To the Editor:
We wish to commend and thank Delegates Mark Keam from Vienna and James LeMunyon from Oak Hill for introducing legislation that will make legislative voting histories available online, and we encourage them to reintroduce the legislation this year, since it died in Senate committee.
Their efforts to advance the cause of open government could do much to promote the common good for the citizens of Virginia. We ask citizens to endorse what recently appeared in an editorial appearing in The Richmond Times Dispatch: "For the measure to provide optimum value, however, it will have to include not only floor votes and committee votes, but also the heretofore unrecorded subcommittee votes."
Therefore, we encourage them to again include in their legislative proposal "floor votes and committee votes, but also the heretofore unrecorded subcommittee votes."
This legislation will do much to provide a light in the current political darkness, a darkness that provides cover for politicians who are hostile to transparency.Again, we fully support their efforts and good work in this matter.
Coordinator, Social Action Linking Together (SALT)
Ignatian Volunteer, SALT Public Affairs