Access to Government

Nebraska has a proud history of holding to the principles of open and accountable state government. We have a set of sunshine laws including public records, public meetings and conflicts of interest, as well as the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission that monitors campaign finance and assists with public disclosure. Common Cause has helped to form these policies as they've developed and along the way we've fought to make sure that the public always has access to their government.

Yet despite our best efforts as a state, we still fall behind. There is still work to be done to improve access to public meetings through online interaction, as well as increase disclosure and reporting standards so more information is available to voters. Additionally, we have to bring a number of quasi-public entities into the sunlight (like MECA in Omaha), organizations that escape accountability while carrying out government functions.

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