The following Press Release was sent out by Gov. Brad Little. Note: Press Releases sent out by elected officials do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and State Controller Brandon Woolf announced the new Townhall.Idaho.Gov web site today, an online one-stop-shop for all public meeting information for state executive branch agencies.
“Enhancing Idahoans’ confidence in their state government has been a key priority of mine since day one, and Townhall.Idaho.Gov makes it easier for the public to understand and engage with their government. I deeply appreciate State Controller Brandon Woolf and his outstanding team for delivering this important service to the people of Idaho,” Governor Little said.
“My top priority remains increasing government transparency to inform, educate, and engage the citizens of Idaho,” Controller Woolf said. “In partnership with the Governor’s Office, my team spent several months building and testing this necessary tool to foster greater citizen engagement with state executive agency meetings.”
On the site, users can search and find information pertaining to public meetings for state agencies and state-affiliated commissions. The goal is eventually to include local government entities’ meeting notices on the site.
In addition, Governor Little proposed, and the Legislature is actively considering, $2 million in new funding to enable agencies to stream public meetings online through the Townhall web site.
Governor Little also signed a proclamation instructing State of Idaho executive branch agencies to post meeting notices, agenda, and minutes to the web stie on or after April 15, 2022. The Townhall Idaho posting requirements do not alter Idaho State Code requirements for physical postings.
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