Group fights transparency issues within concealed carry legislation
As the measure's currently written, how the board comes to its decisions will remain a secret. It would be excluded from the state's Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts. That means the board could meet without prior notice, and records would not be made available.
The Illinois Press Association's Josh Sharp says he is not fighting provisions that would keep private names of gun-owners and permit applicants.
"It's about shining more light on government. Because they're not subject to the act, any kind of monetary decisions like spending money, where they meet, when they meet, all of that under this legislation, it's off-limits."
The plan's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg, says he was just trying to keep sensitive information private. If it becomes law, he says he'll introduce a follow-up measure to address the transparency concerns.
Illinois has to enact a concealed-carry law by July 9 to comply with a federal court order.