The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing and advising
with regard to the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy
Protection Laws (Public Officers Law, Articles 6, 7 and 6-A respectively). The Freedom of Information Law pertains to the
public's right to government records; the Open Meetings
Law concerns the public's right to attend meetings of public bodies.
Both of these statutes are based upon a presumption of access and, since
their initial enactment, have undergone significant changes based largely
upon recommendations made by the Committee.