Legislative secrecy and sexual harassment, a cogitation

The Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, League of Women Voters-St. Paul, and Common Cause Minnesota will have a conversation about a question of why the Minnesota Legislature operates in secret. Recent allegations of sexual harassment by legislators give urgency to the question. The legislature hasn’t subjected itself to the open government laws it has passed to create greater transparency in Minnesota’s cities, counties, school districts and most government agencies. Now many Minnesotans are asking why Minnesota is one of just five states where sunshine laws do not apply to legislatures. This conversation, taking place on Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale St. N., will include speakers Briana Bierschbach, a reporter from Minnesota Public Radio; Annastacia Belladonna-Carrera, executive director for Common Cause Minnesota; Lisa Stratton, senior council at Gender Justice; and Stephen Kelley, senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Spots are limited, so please register at www.lwvsp.org. Light refreshments will be served. The library is on the Metro Green Line, near the Dale Street Station. 



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