- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislators may meet to examine formally ways to improve state and local government transparency through changes to the public records and open meetings laws.

The House Rules Committee voted Tuesday to recommend the creation of a committee that would meet once the General Assembly adjourns this summer. The five House and five Senate members would present findings and recommendations to the legislature before it convenes early next year.

The committee specifically would study ways to streamline public access to local government and executive branch records and meetings and to develop alternatives to laws that restrict or bar public access to documents and meetings.

The bill next heads to the House. It would have to pass the Senate and House before going to Gov. Pat McCrory.

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