Philip A. Janquart reports:
A legislative task force voted to endorse a proposed amendment that would add privacy and open-government protections to the Wyoming Constitution.
Wyoming lawmakers rejected a bill in June that would have amended the state constitution to prevent local and state governments from disclosing personal information.
The amendment states that individual privacy is “essential to the well-being of a free society and shall not be infringed without the showing of a compelling state interest,” and that the amendment will not “deprive a person of any right provided by law to examine document[s] or to observe the deliberations of any agency or political subdivision of the state, except in cases in which the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.”
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