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Since first coming into office nearly two years ago, I have made Open Government and Transparency one of my top priorities. That's why I've sponsored successful legislation to place elected officials' calendars on line, require lobbyists to register with the city, and allow residents to communicate with the city through smartphone applications.
Last night, the City Council approved legislation written by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and I to further increase openness and transparency in city government.
We moved forward with plans to:
- Adopt an official Open Government Policy statement for the city.
- Start placing all completed city contracts online.
- Create a system for residents to offer public comment to the Council via the Internet.
- Make additional enhancements to the city website, including access to budget data, ethics policies, public documents and other information relevant to government accountability and citizen empowerment.
These new measures will ensure a more open, efficient, and responsible government.
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