“Sunshine Week is a national plan to create a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know,” explained Addabbo. The Senator added that an essential aspect of the democratic process is keeping society informed of the deliberations and decisions being made by policymakers, which the Senate Sunshine Policies attempt to achieve.
“It is my strong belief that the public has every right to know what government is doing and why,” said Senator Addabbo. “As the Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, I am pleased that every one of our committee meetings is audio- and videotaped and is posted to the Senate Web site within 24 hours. I believe that this type of access will help to foster citizen participation in government and will create a much needed partnership.”
Senator Addabbo expressed optimism that the more transparent government becomes, the more that citizens will participate in the process.