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NC lawmakers aim to make open records a right

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Some North Carolina legislators want to make public access to government records, documents and meetings part of the state constitution.

The bill introduced Thursday by Republican Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Lenoir County would allow voters to decide whether to enshrine current open-records laws in the constitution. Voters could decide in November 2012 if the measure is approved by the General Assembly.

Republican Sen. Debbie Clary of Cleveland County is introducing the same bill next week. She says taxpayers have a right to know about what's happening inside their government.

The proposed constitutional amendment would say that every person has the right to inspect or copy any record connected to the official business of any public body or official.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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