Speaker Vos Asked for Open Records Changes


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos requested the controversial changes to the state’s open records law that would have significantly diminished the public’s ability to monitor how its government works, records obtained by the State Journal show.

Vos is cited as the “draft requester” for the legislation in a June 29 email from Legislative Reference Bureau attorney Michael Gallagher to the offices of legislative leadership and to staff on the Legislative Council and in the state’s fiscal and reference bureaus.

The email is among about 1,000 pages of documents obtained on Wednesday by the State Journal from the office of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.

It provides the clearest evidence yet of the origin of the records proposal, and shows Vos’s office coordinated the drafting of the ultimate bill language.

Of course, the offensive language that ended up in front of Joint Finance wasn’t the same as the original request, but at least we know who started it.