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Minnesota Governor Calls for More Restrictive Public Records Law

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Minnesota’s governor wants the state’s public records law rewritten to provide that most of the personal information in government files, like driver license data, is confidential. He believes the current law provides that government information is public unless exempted is “backwards.” His proposal would also keep phone records private and keep businesses from using social security numbers to identify customers. Said Joint Media Council chairman John Finnegan, “Theoretically, I think it would be terrible.” (3/3/06)