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Open doors

January 18, 2005

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Perhaps opening their caucus meetings to the public will have a positive effect on the interaction of Senate Republicans.

Congratulations to Republicans in the Kansas Senate for opening their party caucus meetings to the public.

Meetings of the House and Senate Democrats, as well as the House Republicans, already are open. A bill also has been introduced to legally require such meetings to be open.

In the current politically charged atmosphere, a lot of issues get decided in political party caucuses. Plenty of key discussion also takes place in smaller meetings outside the public view, but allowing the public and the news media to sit in on party caucuses sheds a little more light on the process.

Could it be that exposing the heated bickering of Senate Republicans to the public eye will encourage the senators to cool the rhetoric and try harder to work together on key policy matters? Kansas residents can only hope.

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