By Christopher Magan
Posted: 09/17/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
Updated: 09/17/2012 09:23:16 PM CDT
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. . . At first, Burnsville school leaders tried to hide the existence Chance’s complaints, blacking out parts of her separation agreement, calling the information private under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. After a state review board said the information should be public, the district released a complete version of Chance’s separation agreement.
Lawmakers quickly responded to the controversy, with state Rep. Pam Myhra, R-Burnsville, drafting legislation to toughen the disclosure rules surrounding the buyout of public employees using taxpayer dollars. An amended version of Myhra’s bill was unanimously approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton.
The changes require government officials to disclose the specific reasons, including unresolved investigations and complaints, that lead to separation agreements with a public employee.
Government transparency advocates called it one of the best advances in the past decade.