Douglas likely to sign records access bill

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Governor Douglas says he’ll probably sign a bill about access to public records.

That’s even though he says the bill inappropriately targets just two branches of government.

The bill approved by the Senate is close to one passed by the House. It would prohibit the administration or the Legislature from keeping records private by invoking the so-called deliberative process privilege.

Under that concept, the Douglas administration believes that certain documents were prepared as policy positions were being deliberated and should be private.

The administration argues that keeping the records secret encourages open debate.

But lawmakers have argued that more records should be open.

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