Government Transparency at The State Level and the Challenge for Democracy

Foaad Khosmood
Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Conference
Poster or Panel Discussion
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Government transparency challenges exist in many forms but at the level of US State legislatures, but they are particularly egregious as public hearings are not documented in text. No official written record of public legislative meetings exists in any state legislature in America. Although a number of states have close captioned videos, these are not accurate or searchable. They are only in English. There is also no identification of speakers, bills, votes, locations, committees, etc.